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Local and State police joined Mexico’s national guard in the manhunt for the suspect of Monday’s shooting in Centro. Photo: Courtesy

The gunman suspected of opening fire against a bicyclist in Mérida’s Centro is reported to be under police custody. 

Authorities have not released many details regarding the case but said that the suspect’s vehicle was found Tuesday, one day after the altercation.

Unconfirmed sources claim that the suspect is a foreigner who goes by the nickname “El Gringo.”

According to the victim’s family, he and the shooter did not know each other or share any kind of relationship or affiliation. The victim, 42, was taken to O’Horan Hospital with a wound between his left ear and neck. The shooting was captured on surveillance cameras, local media reported.

The rare downtown shooting took place on Calle 68 between 71 and 73 in the San Sebastian neighborhood, police said. 

Earlier: Cyclist wounded by gunfire in downtown Mérida, suspect tied to drug trade

Witnesses say that the cyclist and driver of the black Chevrolet Blazer exchanged words for a few seconds before the latter discharged his weapon.

Mexico’s National Guard has joined local and state authorities to investigate the case. 

Police say that they are taking this shooting very seriously. Although the suspect’s connections with drug gangs are concerning, it is unlikely that the attack had anything to do with organized crime. 

Yucatán Gov. Mauricio Vila Dosal and Mérida Mayor Renán Barrera Concha have yet to comment on the shooting or the capture of the alleged suspect. 

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