Two Canadian guests are dead and another injured after a Friday shooting at a luxury hotel in Mexico, officials announced on Twitter last week.
According to Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, state public security of Quintana Roo, the shooting took place at the Hotel Xcaret México, an upscale and all-inclusive resort costing several hundred dollars a night. It’s nestled in Playa del Carmen, a tourist town along the Caribbean coastline of Mexico.
On Friday afternoon, Hernández Gutiérrez said on Twitter that one of the guests died in the hospital. State officials later revealed that a second tourist died from the shooting.
The Quintana Roo state prosecutor’s office said via Twitter that the suspect in the shooting was also apparently a guest and Canadian police informed them he was a known felon with a long record related to robbery, drug and weapons offenses. The office said both of the dead also had criminal records.
Hernández Gutiérrez tweeted photos of the suspected shooter, that showed a man in a light blue tracksuit wielding a gun. Another photo shows a man sitting under a beach umbrella.
Police and security officials are requesting information that may help with his arrest.
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The shooting is the latest act of violence along Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, a hotspot of its tourism industry.
In November, a shootout on the beach of Puerto Morelos left two suspected drug dealers dead. Authorities said there were some 15 shoots from a gang that apparently disputed control of drug sales there.
In late October, farther south in the laidback destination of Tulum, two tourists — one a California travel blogger born in India and the other German — were caught in the apparent crossfire of rival drug dealers and killed.
Following those events, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sent nearly 1,500 members of the National Guard to reinforce security in the area.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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