Six people were shot and killed Friday morning outside a kindergarten in the Valley of Juarez in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, the municipal police department told CNN Friday.
Witnesses said the victims were driving in a cream-colored Ford van when they were attacked. The driver of the van lost control and ended up crashing the vehicle into the kindergarten building, said municipal police spokesman Jacinto Seguro.
Two others were injured in the shooting and crash, but their conditions were not available, Seguro said. The injured were identified as Enrique Torres, 33, and Francisco Manuel Torres, 26.
"The situation is becoming quite ugly here," Seguro said.
The killings came one week after U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Carlos Pascual met with high-ranking security officials in Juarez to discuss the escalating violence in the city, which sits directly across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas.
Sources in Juarez close to CNN say the increasing violence over the past month is attributed to the approach of local elections to be held on July 4.
At least 880 people have been killed in drug-fueled violence in Juarez this year, officials say.