Canadian tourist killed in Mexico shooting

Two Canadian tourists were killed and another injured in a shooting at a Mexican resort in the state of Quintana Roo on Friday.

The shooting happened at the Xcaret hotel south of Playa del Carmen on Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

Lucio Hernandez Gutierrez, public security secretary for the state of Quintana Roo, said in a statement on Twitter that three people were immediately transferred to hospital. He said the three guests were Canadian. Two of the tourists died there.

The official also released three photos of an individual believed to be the shooter.

In a statement, Global Affairs Canada said it was aware of reports that Canadian citizens were involved in an incident in Mexico.

“Consular officials are contacting local authorities to gather more information and stand ready to provide consular assistance,” the agency said.

Luis Horacio Najera, a former Mexican GTA reporter who was monitoring the incident, told The Star that five shots were allegedly fired at a restaurant in the station at 2:36 p.m. local time. Other people at the restaurant took cover and the shooter reportedly fled into the nearby jungle.

According to reports, two Canadian men and a woman were involved and the incident stemmed from an argument between hotel guests.

Najera said the state’s attorney general said one of the men killed had a lengthy criminal record tied to gun and drug charges.

Social media users commented on a Facebook group called Hotel Xcaret Mexico that resort staff told them to stay in their rooms and were struggling to get more information about the incident.

This is just the latest act of brazen violence along Mexico’s famed Riviera Maya, the crown jewel of its tourism industry.

An ambulance remains outside the hospital in Playamed, where an injured person was transferred after a shooting at a hotel in Xcaret, Playa del Carmen, state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, January 21, 2022.

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.

In late October, further south in the laid-back destination of Tulum, two tourists – one an India-born Californian travel blogger and the other German – were caught in the apparent crossfire of rival drug dealers and killed.

Following these events, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sent nearly 1,500 members of the National Guard to reinforce security in the region.

—with files from Peter Edwards, The Toronto Star, and The Associated Press

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