Two Canadians were killed Friday and another wounded in a shooting at a hotel along Mexico’s Caribbean coast, state officials said.
Quintana Roo state security chief Lucio Hernndez said via Twitter that authorities were looking for a Xcaret Hotel guest in the shooting. He shared a photo of a man walking with a pistol.
Xcaret Resort is south of Playa del Carmen.
Authorities said all three victims were taken to hospital, but two died.
State Attorney Quintana Roo said via Twitter that the shooting suspect was also a guest and Canadian police informed them that he was a known criminal with a long history related to robbery, drugs and gun violations. The office said the two dead also had criminal records.
Global Affairs Canada said in a statement that it was aware of a shooting incident in Mexico involving three Canadian nationals and the deaths of two Canadians.
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“Consular officers are in contact with local authorities to gather information and are providing consular assistance,” said spokeswoman Patricia Skinner. “To protect the privacy of the individual in question, further details on this case can not be given.”
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Lori Gold, a Canadian travel consultant who has lived in Playa del Carmen for nearly six years, said Friday’s shooting was “shocking and unfortunate”.
I was completely shocked, she told Global News.
Crime occurs here, but usually does not affect tourists. It is nowhere near tourism.
It is just the latest brazen act of violence along Mexico’s famous Mayan Riviera, the crown jewel of its tourism industry.
In November, an exchange of fire on the beach of Puerto Morelos left two suspected drug dealers dead. Authorities said there were about 15 gunmen from a gang that apparently opposed controlling drug sales there.
Hotel guests and tourists in Mexico take refuge after 2 killed in shootings involving suspected drug gangs
In late October, further south in the quiet destination of Tulum, two tourists, one a California-born travel blogger, an Indian-born and the other a German, were caught in an apparent clash of rival drug dealers and killed.
Following these events, President Andrs Manuel Lpez Obrador sent about 1,500 members of the National Guard to reinforce security in the area.
– with files by Global News’s Mike Le Couteur
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