Shooting in Cancun: Gunmen “storm a 5-star hotel in Mexico” and guests must take shelter in place
Guests at a five-star resort in Cancun, Mexico were panicked amid reports of an “active shooter” scenario with witnesses claiming to hear the sound of a “machine gun”.
Gunmen stormed the beach at Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun on Thursday afternoon with reports of gunfire.
The “active shooter incident” was later revealed to be a clash between rival drug gangs at the luxury resort.
Two suspected gang members were shot dead in the shooting, according to a report from the Quintana Roo state attorney general‘s office.
Gunfire at a beach in Bahia Petempich, Puerto Morelos, caused panic among hotel guests.
Journalist Manuel Lopez San Martin said sources told him eight men pulled over in a truck to shoot.
The first reports from Mexico indicated that paramedics had been dispatched to the scene, but a lot of information was released by authorities.
The latest information from the hotel is that all customers and employees have now come out of their hiding places and taken to the hotel lobby. We saw people kissing and crying.
A source told the Daily Star: “We are all gathered in the lobby and the gunman has been apprehended.”
Mexican Army forces have been deployed to the Hyatt Ziva Resort in Cancun, Mexico. Local media reported that one person was killed in the assault
Mexican news agency La Silla Rota reports that one person was killed and the attackers escaped by boat, but this report is unconfirmed.
Former NBC executive Mike Sington, who is staying at the resort, posted on Twitter: âGuests tell me they were playing volleyball on the beach, a shooter came up shooting.
“Everyone ran away from the beach and the pools.”
A guest told reporters that hotel staff told him they heard on staff radio that there was a “threat to the hotel” and that guests should “stay in their rooms” .
Other terrified hotel guests tweeted that they had been asked to “go into hiding” and hide in hiding places with hotel workers as they awaited news of what was going on there. ‘outside.
A Spanish speaking user claimed that there had been an “attack in the main pool with people entering from the beach”.
A guest at an American hotel said he went into hiding with seven other people after hearing gunshots that “sounded like a machine gun”.
“I did not receive any updates but saw paramedics pass by,” he said.
Another terrified guest posted pictures of the interior of the hotel himself, writing: âAll the guests and employees said to bend down, and we were all taken to hiding places at the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun Resort.
“Active shooter? Terrorist threat or kidnapping? They don’t tell us anything.”
The clip showed hotel workers sitting and standing along the walls of a dark hallway, presumably inside the complex.
US publicist Andrew Krop told reporters her husband was locked inside the hotel with several others and had been in contact with the US Embassy.
He has since told the Daily Star that he contacted her husband who was still inside the complex and “was fine”.
“I contacted the United States Embassy and the Consulate in Cancun, and they asked the people at the resort to stay where they are and call 911 to let them know where to find them,” Mr. . Krop.
An announcement from the US Embassy in Mexico said, “We are aware of the situation and our office there is working with local law enforcement.”
The hotel has yet to issue an official statement regarding the ongoing situation.
Just hours before the incident, the official Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun Twitter account posted an image of an interior portion of the hotel with the caption: “Miles beyond the ordinary.”
Journalist Troy Petenbrink said many guests attended an event sponsored by Vacaya, an LGBTQ travel agency.
âWe had literally just arrived and were walking to the beach when it rained on gunshots, and people all started to flee the beach and the pool for shelter,â he said. he told Metro Weekly.
âIt was chaos as people ran from the pool and the beach. Many people [were] fall on the wet ground. It was slippery like hell.