August 24th, 2012
02:05 PM ET

3 U.S. Marines shot in Mexico

Three U.S. Marines were injured in a shooting south of Mexico City on Friday morning, a Mexican military official told CNN Mexico.

The motive behind the attack on the American servicemen, who were on a diplomatic mission, was not immediately known.

Unknown gunmen inside what was described as a Mexican federal police vehicle fired upon a U.S. Embassy vehicle that carried the U.S. servicemen, said the official, who declined to be named for security reasons.

The injured Marines were transported to a hospital in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

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  1. Simpleton2

    He's a temporary resident at the WH .... his Visa expires January 20, 2013.

    August 24, 2012 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LBR

    Wonder if Americans in Mexislum will protest in the streets down there demanding like the illegals here.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |

      good point....

      August 24, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Uh, son, weak up! Don't know about your country, but over here, in MĂ©xico, foreigners can't do a "political" demonstration (they risk their permanency here and a fast-track deportation is the answer)

      August 24, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bill mac

    the Mexicans have opened a can of worms with this shooting. Do you really think the Marines will just let this slide by. Our President will not act, only offer excuses to blame the Marines. revenge will happen. Semper fi Brothers.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fliplip

      Mexico is a cesspool of lawlessness, corruption, stink, slums, filth, crime and poverty. If we elect Barry Santoro again we will help make America like Mexico. Wake up people. America can't take 4 more years of the amateur President and his Marxist policies mixed with Chicago style corruption.
      I lived in Mexico in the 60s and it was wild and terrible then. Now it's main product is drugs and murder. Don't go to Mexico. Turists are crazy to go to Cabo.....

      August 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    @saywhat. 🙂 That's exactly what first popped in my head too. (US Marines on a "diplomatic mission" to Mexico?)
    I'm laying 6 to 1 that the guns used were either made in Israel or the USA. Bet one dollar to win 6.
    example: if they turn-out to be Russian made guns smuggled into Mexico by the FBI... (2000 russian made weapons known thanks to Fast and Furious being exposed. No-doubt more we don't know of)...and you bet me 2 dollars, I would owe you 12 dollars.
    The actual odds are 4 to 1. (80% of all illegal weapons confiscated by mexican authorities are either made in Israel or the USA)

    August 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      78% of all statistics are made up on the spot... seriously though look behind those number if they *are* accurate, it is only of guns that are recovered and traceable many weapons (Read those made by one party countries) are made without serials, no serials, no origins, no trace, not counted in the origins list. US/Israel meticulous and open records maintained lawfully by corporations and gun sellers. One party ... closed/redacted/censored if any records. Which leads to my next question: what percent are traced back to their country of origin???

      August 24, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Marines guard U.S. Embassies and Embassy personal around the world and are issued dip. passports. Thus, in unstable countries, Marines escort VIPs outside of the embassy property.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • splinty2001

      Dude, "diplomatic mission" Marines means Embassy guards, their is a Marine detachment at every U.S. Embassy and Consulate in the world. Look it up, nothing mysterious or nefarious about it.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Semper Fidelis does not mean seek revenge. Get a clue zipperhead.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dano

    This was probably Drug Cartel related. Holder should have been with them.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    At least it wasn't Philipe Calderone. 🙂

    August 24, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. EL Diablo

    "From the halls of Montezuma"

    August 24, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • KMS


      August 25, 2012 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. lynn

    Mexicans hate Americans. We need to just annex Mexico and make them pay taxes.

    August 24, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Annex Mexico? You've got to be kidding. We have enough problems of our own right now without getting into that mess.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      That's where the de population part of the plan comes in: We annex the land, not the people upon it. Manifest Destiny, dude; ever read a history book? Either they're moving in taking you over, or vice versa. Whoever has the greater ambition wins history.

      August 25, 2012 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    US Marines are assigned to US Embassies around the world, including the United Mexico States. It is unfortunate that this attack occurred. It will be interesting to see what the actual facts are as the truth comes out. Regarding the firearms in Mexico that are traced back to the US, typically the Mexican police only send weapons to the US for this type of research that actually have serial numbers and appear to be made in the US, thus the "80%" figure the Mexican government and the Obama administration publish in order to "blame" the drug cartel violence on US gun manufacturers and gun dealers. Informed sources suggest that most of the military grade weapons obtained by the cartels are transported in from Central America, are flown in from Eastern European countries, or are sold to the cartels or stolen by the cartels from their own government's military forces. Shame on the Amerikan government for perpetuating their lies and for the Mexican government for abandoning their people. .

    August 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Oh – and regarding the drug cartels, if Americans would stop shoving drugs up their noses, injecting it into their veins, and/or smoking the stuff, the drug cartels would be "out of business." End of story.

      August 24, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Some media are commenting that Federal Police asked (via signs, of course) to stop the car so they could check the interior. Unfortunately they ignored this call and the rest is history.

      August 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    @Gunny. Good point. But FBI files show MLK was as immoral as they get, but still his image is held high.
    And, COME ON! "barack", "hussein", and "obama" are old Arab-African family names of slavemasters, not slaves purchased by them. President Obama isn't related to hardly any black Americans.
    And really, no matter if it's a fat Elephant head or a phat donkey head, it's still the same animal bent on suicidal revenge. Literally.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  12. conc101

    I think we ought to roll armor 100 miles south of the border and establish border security. If we run over a few cartels, good.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jeff

    HA HA you grinos are not welcomed in Mexico and this is what every single one of you should get but by the way thank for letting my illegal uncle and many family come over with open arms and free money. Bendehos!

    August 24, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    Actually, to make the southern border safe, all that need be done is close all the tunnels. Satellite imagry can detect each and every tunnel US trades show guns exit the US through, and illegals walk through for decades.
    The same can be said for Israels tunnels leading into Egypt whereby Mubarak became filthy rich with his pc. of black market Israeli weapons, diamonds, etc.
    Nuke the tunnels.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Mexico will be dissolved into a vassal state of the USA. 98% of Mexicos wealth is heald by 2% of Mexicos population. What greedy American could pass-up that sweet and easy takeover.

    August 24, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |

      Everyone is greedy, as if you would pass up the opportunity to be a billionaire... : P

      August 24, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
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