Shooting at Mexican Resort Kills Two People, Leaves One Other Injured
22:25 GMT 21.01.2022 (Updated: 01:03 GMT 22.01.2022)
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Three Canadian tourists at a resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, were shot when an unidentified gunman opened fire at the Hotel Xcaret. Two victims are dead, and one is injured. The severity of their injuries is unknown.
According to authorities, the shooting occurred on Friday afternoon when a gunman carrying a handgun walked onto the hotel property. Pictures of the crime scene indicate the shooting was conducted in a dining area.
All three victims were brought to the hospital. One died in the ambulance and another succumbed to their wounds at the hospital. The status of the third victim remains unknown.
Warning Graphic Content: Graphic unconfirmed video footage of the scene shows resort goers attempting to help the victims, who are seen lying on the ground near pools of blood.
Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, the Secretary of Public Security for the State of Quintana Roo, said the shooter fled the scene and believes he was a guest of the hotel.
Hernández Gutiérrez said there is, “A large police operation has been deployed to capture the suspect,” and added, “Information leading to his arrest will be deeply appreciated.”
Este es el huésped que disparó ocasionando las lesiones que posteriormente provocaran la muerte a uno de ellos, las autoridades del grupo de coordinacion despliegan fuerte operativo para su captura, cualquier información para pronta detención estaremos profundamente agradecidos. pic.twitter.com/PRDC0hhBBe— Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez (@Lucio_HG) January 21, 2022
It is unclear what prompted the shooting.
The identities of the shooting victims have not been released.
Playa del Carmen is a costal city on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula. The primary economic driver in the city is tourism.