Authorities in Mexico’s central state of Guanajuato have begun transferring a number of suspects to the United States as the search for the gunmen who killed five people and wounded two others in a mass shooting in the state.
The killings at the Funchal Airport on Monday night were a dramatic turnaround for authorities who had initially detained the suspect for months in connection with the attacks, which began when he boarded a plane bound for the United Kingdom.
In an interview with Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca on Wednesday, Guillermo Hernández, the director of the state attorney’s office, said authorities are now looking for a “low-level” criminal who was the “driver of the plane.”
The flight was bound for Barcelona, Spain.
Hernàndez said authorities “are going to the UK for the transfer” of the suspects.
He said the investigation into the alleged shooter was ongoing.
In a statement to CNN, the U.K. Embassy in Mexico said it was aware of the arrests and “is working with authorities to secure the release of any individual detained.”
In a separate development on Wednesday morning, the Mexican government said it had opened a criminal investigation into an attack on the airport in Funchale.
It said the suspects are being held in the capital, Guadalajara, while authorities investigate their whereabouts in Mexico.
The attack happened when the suspect boarded a flight bound for Madrid.
The airport is in the northern state of Tamaulipas, in central Mexico, where some people are also being treated for gunshot wounds.