At least five people were killed and eight others were injured on Friday night, after armed men as mariachi musicians opened fire in the iconic Mexico City Square, sending residents and tourists fleeing Independence Day independence day celebrations.

Three gunmen opened the fire on Plaza Garibaldi, known as a place where bands serenade tourists with pistols and guns, city officials said. Four people died at the scene, while another woman was pronounced dead after suicide in a hospital on Saturday afternoon.

At least one alien was killed among the five in the shootout, the Mexico City Procuratorate said.

Surveillance video of the fatal incident showed the alleged gunmen dressed in mariachi robes as they fled on motorcycles.

A Mexican security expert, Alejandro Hope, said the incident was a targeted shootout in a designated restaurant on the course by an organized criminal group.

"It was not accidental," he said.

The shootings threw a bloody veil over the Independence Day celebrations. Many Mexicans wear mariachi costumes on Saturday evening, a symbol of national pride, commemorating the beginning of the revolt against Spanish rule on September 16, 1810. It is also the busiest time of the year for Garibaldi Plaza, a beloved but shabby place that draws heavily on Mexican folklore.

Despite the incident, shops and restaurants seemed to work normally. Mariachi musicians returned to the square at about the same time as the filming the day before. A manager at the Tenampa Cantina, who proclaimed himself the first mariachi troupe in the 1920s, said the number of customers did not change.

"We had no reservations canceled and we continue to book tables," he said.

The number of homicides has increased since 2014 in Mexico City. Known as a popular destination for those who want to experience the arts, food and culture, the city has kept away from drug violence plaguing other tourist hotspots.

This year Mexico City is also on the way to a record number of homicides.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and emerging digital news producer for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @bykatherinelam


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