CNN reported that a bullet punctured Santiago’s right lung, causing severe internal bleeding. The mayor was on his way to his first official meeting when the shooting occurred.
A second victim died from his injuries on Wednesday.
The suspect, a former police officer, was overpowered by onlookers and later arrested in connection with the incident. Authorities are investigating the motive for the attack.
Santiago’s killing is of course not an isolated incident in Mexican politics. Quoting a report by consulting firm Etellekt, the New York Post revealed that 175 politicians had been killed in Mexico between September 2017 and August 2018.
According to The Sun, Mexican politicians are often caught in the crossfire of the country’s drug wars. The most common targets are politicians who embark on campaigns against the drug trade, corruption and crime.
In some areas of the country, mayors are killed over land disputes.