Eight people died in a weekend shooting in Mexico’s Morelos state, adjacent to Mexico City, authorities reported Sunday.

The attack occurred Saturday in the municipality of Huitzilac, off a highway connecting the capital with the tourist town of Cuernavaca.

Four people died on the scene while four others died after being taken to the hospital, the Morelos prosecutor’s office said. Seven of the victims ranged in age from 29 to 50 years old while the eighth victim was not immediately identified.

All eight bodies were transferred to the forensic medical service facilities as the investigation into the shooting continues, officials said.

The forested mountain township of Huitzilac has been plagued by illegal loggers, kidnappers and drug gangs, in part because it provides the closest rural hideout near Mexico’s capital.