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Rare shooting in Mexico City's Zona Rosa tourist area as gunman riding on motorcycle kills man

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    Police block the sidewalk where the covered body of an unidentified man, center, lays on the sidewalk in the Zona Rosa neighborhood of Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The apparent shooting occurred in broad daylight in one of Mexico City's tourist hot spots outside a popular restaurant, and local authorities have not released information. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)The Associated Press

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    Restaurant workers embrace as they look through a window at the body of a man lying on the sidewalk outside the restaurant in the Zona Rosa neighborhood in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The shooting occurred in broad daylight in one of Mexico City's tourist hot spots outside a popular restaurant, and local authorities have not released information. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)The Associated Press

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    Blood covers the sidewalk next to the body of an unidentified man where police evidence markers lay next to a bullet casing at a crime scene in the Zona Rosa neighborhood of Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The shooting occurred in broad daylight in one of Mexico City's tourist hot spots outside a popular restaurant. (AP Photo/Gabriela Sanchez)The Associated Press

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    A forensic specialist takes pictures of a bullet hole in a window near the body of an unidentified man, not in picture, at a crime scene in the Zona Rosa neighborhood of Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The shooting occurred in broad daylight in one of Mexico City's tourist hot spots outside a popular restaurant, and local authorities have not released information. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)The Associated Press

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    A forensic specialist places a marker next to the covered body of an unidentified man at a crime scene where bullet casings were marked by police in the Zona Rosa neighborhood of Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. The shooting occurred in broad daylight in one of Mexico City's tourist hot spots outside a popular restaurant, and local authorities have not released information. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)The Associated Press

A rare shooting in broad daylight in one of Mexico City's most crowded tourist zones has killed a man.

An Associated Press photographer at the scene saw the man's lifeless body covered with a tarp on a blood-covered sidewalk in the Zona Rosa, an area crowded with hotels and restaurants.

An official of the city's Public Safety Department confirmed the man was shot to death. Under department rules, the official was not authorized to be quoted by name.

The official said that one of two men on a motorcycle fired several shots at the man and then drove off.

Assassins commonly use motorcycles in Central America, but that has been less common in Mexico.

Mexico City has largely been spared the drug violence plaguing many parts of the country.