In the early morning hours of 11 May 2024, gunmen launched an attack at a bar in the 12 de Octubre neighborhood in Chanduy city, located in Santa Elena province. The assailants riding in a taxi and two motorcycles arrived at the site — where a birthday celebration was underway — and opened fire, killing eight people. The motive for the shooting is unknown, and police officers are searching for the attackers. Santa Elena is one of the coastal provinces significantly affected by escalating gang-related violence in the country.