Two Killed in Shooting Between Alleged Rival Drug Gangs Near Cancun Resort in Mexico

A shootout allegedly involving rival drug gangs on Nov. 4 at a beach near the Mexican resorts of Cancun has killed two suspected drug dealers, authorities said.

A statement from the Quintana Roo Attorney General’s Office said that a shooting “between members of antagonistic groups of drug dealers” on a beach in Petempich bay in the town of Puerto Morelas left two dead.

There were no serious injuries, the statement further said.

The State Secretary of Public Security said that the two dead are presumed to be drug dealers and that no tourists were seriously injured or kidnapped.

However, a government command center said in a preliminary report that the shooting injured one person and another was kidnapped, Mexican daily newspaper El Siglo de Torreon reported.

The government command center also reported about 15 armed people at the beach during the shooting.

The stretch of the beach is near two resorts —  the Hyatt Ziva Hotel and the Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun, which both saw chaotic scenes as tourists fled to their hotel rooms for refuge.

Former NBC Executive Mike Sington, who was staying in one of the resorts, posted the events of the incident on Twitter, including a video of a hotel staff member telling the crowd that they “were all safe at this time.”

Another hotel staff member in the video said that “the suspect has been apprehended.”

Karisma Hotels & Resorts, which runs the Azul Beach Resort Riviera Cancun, said in a statement that they were “closely monitoring developments following a shooting” and that “no guests or employees were harmed.”

The statement added that an investigation is ongoing.

The United States Embassy in Mexico advised affected U.S. citizens in a statement to follow instructions from local authorities.


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