Shooting at Mexican resort leaves one dead, two injured – NBC New York

What there is to know

  • Authorities were looking for a guest at the Xcaret Hotel during the shooting.
  • All three victims were taken to hospital where one of them later died.
  • 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.

A Canadian tourist was killed Friday and two others injured in a shooting at a hotel along Mexico’s Caribbean coast, state authorities said.

Quintana Roo State Security Chief Lucio Hernández said via Twitter that authorities were looking for a guest from Hotel Xcaret in the shooting. He shared a photo of a man walking with a handgun.

The Xcaret resort is south of Playa del Carmen.

Hernández said all three victims were taken to hospital where one of them later died.

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

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.

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