A council member from Ensenada was shot and killed early Sunday morning as he left a downtown bar.
Arturo Castellanos Ruiz was sworn in as Ensenada Councilman last December and was affiliated to the Revolutionary Institutional Party (PRI). Castellanos Ruiz was shot shortly after he was leaving Los Mostachones, a bar and Table Dance establishment in downtown Ensenada. He and another person were on its way to the council member’s pick-up truck when someone shot about a dozen bullets.
The victim received 7 shots and died instantly. An abandoned Ford 250 pickup believed to be the escape vehicle was discovered two blocks away.
It was confirmed that Castellanos Ruiz was threatened twice by a group of people, this according to Raul Carrillo, Transportation Director of Ensenada who also received death threats. Carrillo said that the deceased councilman wanted to make some changes to the local transportation and received a called to drop his plans to change the transportation system or there would be consequences.
Municipal authorities said that the crime does not appear to be linked to organized crime and are following various lines of investigation.
Ensenada Mayor Enrique Pelayo said after the wake of Councilman Castellanos Ruiz that he and other members of the City have received death threats.
The Business Council of Ensenada condemned the assassination of their colleague this past week and asked authorities to get to the bottom of this case. The Council wrote in a press release that situations like these is what makes Ensenada less competitive and creates a negative environment to its residents.