Alan Ramírez, lead singer of popular regional Mexican group Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizárraga, was shot early Saturday morning (July 2) in Mexico City near Hotel Presidente in the heart of the city’s swanky Polanco district. Earlier, the band had played the second of three shows at nearby Auditorio Nacional.
According to initial reports, an unknown assailant got close to the singer and shot him in the neck. Ramírez was quickly taken to Hospital Español where he was stabilized.
A press conference is planned later this morning to give an update on Ramírez’s health and news on the group’s third Auditorio show.
Banda MS is one of the most successful groups in regional Mexican music right now. Its latest album, Qué Bendición, is currently at No. 10 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart.
The attack on Ramírez was surprising even in Mexico, where many regional Mexican singers have been shot at or murdered in the past decade.
In this case, the attack happened in the heart of Mexico City. Banda MS has not been involved in violence before.