Luis Felipe Hernández Castillo, the man accused of killing two when he opened fire in the Balderas del Metro subway station in Mexico City, has been detained in the ReclusorioPreventivoOriente prison in the Federal District (DF). The DF Attorney General’s Office announced that for the pending charges of carrying a firearm without a license, Hernández’s case will be shared by the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR). In addition to the two killed, which included a bank security officer credited with suppressing Hernández and thus avoiding more casualties, there were eight reported wounded – five shot and five sustaining injuries from the aftermath of the attack.
In response to the September 18 attack, the DF Public Security Secretariat (SSPDF) has stepped up security in the 175 DF metro stations with 1,050 additional officers working in three shifts. A spokesman for the SSPDF also said that metro users will be subjected to random searches with metal detectors. DF mayor Marcelo Ebrard credited the metro’s video surveillance system for allowing a coordinated response to the attack.
“Reforzará SSPDF vigilancia en el metro.” NotimexSeptember 19, 2009.
“Consignan al presuntohomicida de la estación Balderas del Metro.” La JornadaSeptember 20, 2009.