A major figure in the Mexican drug underworld has been shot dead during a children's party – by a gunman dressed as a clown.
Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix (63) was the oldest of 11 siblings – seven brothers and four sisters – who between them led the Tijuana Cartel, once one of Mexico's largest and most notorious drug-trafficking gangs.
He was killed during the party at a rented luxury beach house in the popular Baja California resort of Cabo San Lucas. A government official said he had been hit by two bullets, "one in the chest and one in the head".
The Tijuana Cartel is named after the Mexican border city where it is based, and, under the Arellano Felix family, the violent organisation once oversaw the vast majority of drug traffic between Mexico and the US state of California.
Its activities were depicted in Steven Soderbergh's Oscar-nominated 2000 film, 'Traffic'. (© Independent News Service)