A construction worker was fatally shot in Tijuana while waiting in line to cross the U.S.-Mexico border to go to work and his wife discovered the tragic news through social media posts.
The victim, a U.S. citizen who lived in Tijuana, was identified as 26-year-old Ignacio Armando Montiel Lopez, a construction worker who was going to work on the other side of the border.
According to authorities, Montiel Lopez’s wife, who left her home around 6:30 a.m. to work in the U.S., arrived at the scene after she saw social media posts that her husband’s truck crashed into walls.
Police officers arrived at the scene at about 8 a.m. Tuesday to investigate the homicide after they received reports of shots fired in the area.
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Access to the regular car booth toward San Ysidro was temporarily closed while authorities removed the victim’s body. All previously opened lanes at the border were reopened sometime around 10:45 a.m.
According to police, responding agents found a man who had been injured by a firearm. Authorities then requested an ambulance and rendered first aid to the man. However, he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
The incident was reported at about 7:40 a.m. among the international lanes near the Federal Employees’ vicinity, according to police in Tijuana.
As of 12:30 p.m., no arrests have been made. The investigation is ongoing.
This story was originally published in Spanish for Telemundo 20. To read the original story, click here.