Canadian detained in connection with deadly shooting at Mexican resort – National
A Canadian citizen has been detained in Mexico after a fatal shooting at a hotel along the Caribbean coast that killed two Canadians and injured another last week.
The attack took place on Friday at the Xcaret hotel, south of Playa del Carmen. The attackers apparently had guest wristbands to enter the station.
In a statement to Global News on Tuesday, Global Affairs Canada said “it is aware of the deaths of two Canadian citizens and the detention of a Canadian citizen in Mexico.”
“Consular officials are in contact with local authorities to gather information and are providing consular assistance,” the statement emailed by a GAC spokesperson said, without adding further details.
2 Canadians killed and 1 injured in Mexico resort shooting
On Friday, prosecutors said both men who died had criminal records in Canada and that one of them was a known felon with a long criminal record relating to robbery, drugs and weapons.
Oscar Montes, Quintana Roo’s chief state prosecutor, said on Tuesday that the attack appeared to be “motivated by debts resulting from transnational illegal activities in which the victims participated” as members of international gangs.
Montes said the attack had been planned for nearly a month by a cartel or gang that was not previously known to operate in the area. But in accordance with standard procedure, he declined to name the gang.
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A third Canadian, a woman, was injured and is being treated at a local hospital, but is not yet able to speak to investigators.
Authorities said the two suspects arrested in the case so far include a professional kidnapper from Mexico City who coordinated the plot.
Police also arrested a woman, identified only by her last name, Nu, who was apparently part of the group of 10 Canadians vacationing at the resort.
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Montes said Nu was “looking after the children” of the victims and would have met the killers and possibly provided them with information about their activities.
The hitman who actually fired the shots is wanted.
Montes said an early group of assassins hired to kill Canadians earlier in January abandoned the job because there was too much security. A second assassin traveled to the compound and committed the murder, he said.
Last week’s killings were the latest in a series of brazen acts of violence along Mexico’s Riviera Maya coast, the crown jewel of the country’s tourism industry.
In November, a shootout on the beach in Puerto Morelos left two suspected drug traffickers dead. Authorities said there were about 15 gunmen from a gang there who were apparently vying for control of drug sales.
— with files from Marc-André Cossette and The Associated Press
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