A GROOM was shot dead at his own wedding leaving his bride’s dress splattered with blood as horrified guests watched on.
It is believed Marco Antonio, 32, was gunned down by mistake while walking away from a church in the city of Caborca, Mexico, as cartel wars rage on in the country.
Marco Antonio was leaving his wedding with his bride when he was shotCredit: Twitter
The bride’s dress was left splattered in bloodCredit: Twitter
The couple were heading towards their wedding car about at about 5pm on Saturday when an unknown man opened fire.
Terrified guests following the pair rushed to help as several bullets struck the groom.
Shocking footage shows the couple’s family and friends panicking as paramedics attempted to save IT engineer Antonio.
Despite best efforts, Antonio was pronounced dead at the scene.
His heartbroken wife was pictured being helped along by a loved one with her dress covered in blood.
Antonio’s sister was also shot, with the bullet hitting her back, reports El Universal.
She was dashed to hospital, but was released the same night.
State authorities have not confirmed whether the incident was related to organised crime, with cartel wars rife in the city.
They said Antonio died from a “direct attack” with a firearm and that he could have been killed “by mistake”.
The prosector’s office added: “Investigations indicate that the attack against Marco Antonio was directed towards another individual who was also getting married at the same time in a different nearby city.
“No line of investigation is ruled out and all the necessary Criminal and Field Ballistics expert reports are carried out, in order to fully clarify the facts and find those responsible to do justice.”
According to authorities, another man was shot several times at his wedding in a nearby city on the same night.
State governor Alfonso Durazo said: This was an attack intended for a single individual. and this means that this will not happen just to anyone.”
The city of Caborca is home to the Caborca Cartel, a criminal organization understood to be commanded by the veteran drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero.
It is understood the cartel runs drug trafficking operations and is in the midst of a bloody dispute with the Los Salazar criminal cell, identified as the armed wing of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Gang violence is growing in Mexico, with at least 12 people killed by gunmen after they barged into a bar just days ago.
Mexico’s drug wars are believed to be responsible for around 300,000 deaths since 2006, involving some of the most appalling torture and depravity imaginable.