Eighteen people died and several others were wounded Tuesday in a shooting at a shoe factory in San Pedro Sula in northern Honduras, police said.
The incident began at 3:45 p.m., when two men carrying AK-47 assault rifles burst into the factory and began shooting, said Chief Hector Ivan Mejia of the San Pedro Sula Police Department. By the time police arrived a few minutes later, 13 people were dead in the building. Five others died at a hospital, he said.
The victims were in their teens and 20s, he said.
Efforts were under way Tuesday night to identify the bodies, which were being placed into yellow plastic body bags.
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Mejia said he did not know the motive for the shootings and that no one had been arrested. “We will not rest until capturing the persons responsible,” he said.
The approximately 2,000-square-foot factory is located in a suburb in southeast San Pedro Sula, which is the industrial capital of Honduras.
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