Students say they heard at least three shots
[Translation of an article from El Universal of Mexico City for October 30. See original article here.]
Federal police shot and injured a student after an exchange of insults with a group of university students who were marching and demonstrating for peace in front of the Instituto de Ciencias Biomédicas (ICB – Institute for Biomedical Sciences) of the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ – Autonomous University of Ciudad Juárez).
Students report that at least three shots were heard. The event sparked panic among the youths, who rushed into the ICB, located between Hermanos Escobar and Plutarco Elías Calles Streets.
The UACJ repudiated the aggression, suspended classes and evacuated the premises as a precaution.
According to early reports, the students were holding a “Kaminata contra la Muerte” [“March against Death”] on their way to the Foro Internacional contra la Militarización y Violencia [International Forum against Militarization and Violence] being held at the ICB. On the way they came across federal agents and insults were exchanged until the dispute intensified and soon shots were heard. One of the bullets struck José Darío Álvarez Orrantia, a first-semester sociology student, who was reported to be in serious but stable condition after undergoing surgical intervention.
Accounts by students accuse agents of Unit 12428 of firing shots and drivers of other patrols of taking aim at the student as well, one of them carrying the number 20401. The federal police involved told their superiors that “a shot got away from” [“salió un tiro”] one of the policemen.