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California city official is shot during a vacation in Mexico

Doug Bradley, director of finance of Imperial Beach in Southern California, was shot and killed in the resort town of Ixtapa on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.

(City of Imperial Beach)

An American tourist was shot and killed while apparently robbed in a beach resort of Mexico’s Pacific Coast that is popular with surfers and Hollywood stars.

Douglas Bradley was killed Thursday in the hotel zone of Ixtapa. He was on Christmas vacation in the neighboring Zihuatanejo and would have turned 50 the following day.

The city of Imperial Beach in San Diego County announced Bradley died on Friday. He was the city’s director of finance.

“Doug Bradley was loved by all who knew him,” said Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina. “He was always positive, love to surf, and had helped to turn around the City of Imperial Beach, the financial management and restructuring of the city administration more efficient and resident-friendly.”

Witnesses told local media they saw Bradley being chased by gunmen, who shot him with a 9 mm pistol about 4 hours, Mexico News Daily reported.

Witnesses told local media they saw Bradley is haunted by his assailants before being shot.

(City of Imperial Beach)

However, the police is not called for four hours, and when they arrived there, they found Bradley’s body in a parking lot, reported on the website.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that Bradley was unmarried and had no children. He lived in Playas de Tijuana and converted in Imperial Beach.

Dedina said the city was working with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and the USA. Consulate General in Tijuana to bring the body home.

On Saturday, Mexico News Daily reported that less than an hour south of Ixtapa, a few hours before Bradley was killed, the mayor of Petatlán was killed by a gunman.

Violence in the region is attributed to the gang turf battles involving the drug trafficking, kidnapping and extorition, the website also reported.

Last week, there is a comedy show at the Krystal Ixtapa hotel was canceled after gangsters tried to shake down one of the artists for $2,500, accordng to the website.

More photos of Doug Bradley of the @CityofIB – a surfer’s surfer! pic.twitter.com/SbxofshiHh

— Serge Dedina (@Serge4IBMayor) December 30, 2017

Guerrero, where Ixtapa is located, was one of the most violent states in Mexico in the first 11 months of 2017, with a homicide rate of 58.6 per 100,000 people, the Associated Press reported.

 

 

 

 

 

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