Urinating gunman kills three in Mexico City steps from Mexican presidential residence

In a photo from Dec 5, 2019, pedestrians walk past the National Palace in Mexico City. PHOTO: AP

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Four people were shot dead in the Mexican capital on Saturday (Dec 7), just steps from an entrance to the official residence of the president, the authorities said.

Officials said a man entered an apartment building near the National Palace seeking to urinate in the courtyard and was confronted by residents. He pulled out a gun and began shooting, hitting five people, officials said.

A police officer killed the shooter, while three of the building residents died, the authorities said. Two more residents were wounded.

The surrounding area was packed with holiday shoppers.

Residents who declined to give their names said their street in the capital's historic centre is far from safe, despite being a stone's throw from the National Palace.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador moved into the palace when he took office a year ago, turning the former presidential residence in Chapultepec Park into a museum.

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