- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

ACAPULCO, MEXICO (AP) - Police say armed men have raided the central plaza of the Mexican tourist town of Taxco during a Red Cross fundraiser, seizing a man and wounding three bystanders with wild gunshots.

The Guerrero State Public Security agency says the attackers grabbed a man from the crowd as the city’s mayor launched Thursday’s midday charity event in front of the famed Santa Prisca church.

The attackers fled while firing bursts from an automatic rifle, causing minor wounds to three bystanders. Police say they do not know who was seized and are hunting for the attackers. The Red Cross event was suspended.

Taxco is a mining town in the mountains south of Mexico City that is famed for jewelry and colorful scenery.

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