Two dead, one American injured in gang shooting at Luxury Mexico Resort
Two men who were not tourists were shot and killed this week on a beach in Puerto Morelos, a resort town just south of Cancun, in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
The men, who earlier today claimed to be drug traffickers, were killed by suspected members of a rival drug dealer group, authorities to say. The armed suspects fled in a stolen motorboat.
The beach is popular with tourists as it is home to several resorts, including the Hyatt Ziva hotel in Puerto Morelos. The brazen attack sent tourists and resort staff running and seeking shelter.
The attack comes just 2 weeks after two tourists were killed in a shootout between rival drug trafficking gangs in the nearby town of Tulum.
In this shooting, a tourist from San Jose, Calif., And an unrelated German tourist were killed, according to an Associated Press article. reports. Three other foreign tourists were injured in the exchange of gunfire.
A popular tourist destination
The Mexican Yucatan Peninsula stretches out into the Atlantic Ocean and separates the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. There are three Mexican states – Yucatan, Quintana Roo, and Campeche – on the peninsula.
The east coast of Quintana Roo is known for its stunning beaches. Extremely popular resort areas and destinations, Cancun and Tulum are found on this coast. The other most popular resort town is Cozumel, an island in the Caribbean Sea about 10 miles off the coast of the peninsula.
A surprising attack
Quintana Roo’s attorney general’s office said it has opened an investigation into an incident “where two men lost their lives after being shot dead by members of a criminal group dedicated to drug trafficking and with whom, according to preliminary information , “had a territorial dispute over the sale of toxic substances,” ABC News reports.
The incident began around 11:30 a.m. when a group of four or five men showed up on the beach. These men then declared “that they were going to be in charge of selling drugs in this area of the beach,” according to the Quintana Roo attorney general’s office.
Later that day, around 2:15 p.m., “about 15 people arrived on the beach to murder” two men, Quintana Roo state chief prosecutor Oscar Montes de Oca told Radio Formula station. , an Associated Press article. reports.
One of the men targeted in the attack fled to a hotel before dying, Montes de Oca said. The second man was killed on the beach.
An eyewitness account
As expected, chaos immediately followed the shootings.
Mike Sington, who was staying at the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun, job videos of hotel staff and tourists gathered inside the resort on social media.
“Guests tell me they were playing volleyball on the beach, a shooter walked up to the gun,” Sington said. “Everyone ran from the beach and the pools. The staff pushed us into rooms hidden behind the kitchens.
Sington later posted that “I’ve never been so scared, literally shaking.” And then later that night he posted that “I’m fine now, boarded up in my hotel room for the night, just trying to decompress.”
Know before you go
US citizens should “exercise extra caution when traveling to the state of Quintana Roo because of a crime,” the US State Department bluntly said. warns. “Criminal activity and violence can occur statewide. “
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