A local mayor in Mexico was gunned down on his first day of
office on New Year's Day.
Tlaxiaco Mayor Alejandro Aparicio Santiago was walking to his
first official meeting at city hall shortly after taking office,
when a group of gunmen opened fire, according to a statement
from the prosecutor's office of Mexico's southern state of
He was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Four others were wounded in the attack.
Gov. Alejandro Murat of Oaxaca confirmed the killing of Santiago
via Twitter Tuesday.
Murat condemned Santiago's slaying, promising a thorough
investigation. He said a suspect was already in custody.
Between September 2017 and August 2018, 175 politicians were
killed in Mexico, NPR reported, citing the consulting firm
The Associated Press contributed to this report.