TOLUCA, Mexico – Police say eight people have died in a shootout among drug dealers in a poor suburb of Mexico City.

Mexico State Attorney General Alfredo Castillo says drug dealers who once worked together are fighting over control of the La Esperanza neighborhood in the city of Nezahualcoyotl.

State investigators say in a statement that gunmen arrived in three cars at a house in the gritty neighborhood and opened fire on a group of people gathered there on Sunday.

Turf battles between drug cartels have left more than 30,000 people dead since December 2006 but the capital has been spared of the violence.