Two Canadian tourists have been killed and another left wounded at a five-star hotel on Mexico’s Caribbean strip after a disagreement in a bar, local authorities said.
An armed assailant is said to have shot the victims at the Hotel Xcaret Mexico in Playa del Carmen, some 40 miles south of Cancún, midafternoon on Friday, January 21.
Quintana Roo state security secretary Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez tweeted: “The three wounded people were taken immediately to hospital, where unfortunately one of them died.
“The three guests are of Canadian origin.”
Mr Hernández said the incident stemmed from an argument among hotel guests as he posted several images to Twitter of a man in a sweatsuit—in one holding a phone, and in another brandishing a handgun.
The person in the images was a hotel guest who fired the shots and was being sought by security forces.
The attorney general’s office said that Canadian police confirmed that the first victim had a history of criminal activity including robbery, drugs, and weapons offences.
The second victim also had a criminal record but their offences are undetermined.
Canada’s foreign ministry said in a statement that consular officials were contacting local authorities to gather more information, following reports that Canadian citizens had been affected.
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Vicente Carrera, the director of Noticaribe, a local news website, who was at the hotel said: "Police, army and National Guard troops filled the hotel and closed off access.
“It’s the first time that the aggressor in a shooting is a tourist.”
The shooting appeared to be a “targeted and isolated” incident and the hotel was helping authorities in their investigation, according to Grupo Xcaret's statement.
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