| 22 May 2024, Wednesday |

Two suspected gang members killed in beach shooting near Cancun resort in Mexico

Authorities said two suspected drug gang members were shot dead on a beach in Cancun on Thursday, in an apparent gangland slaying a few weeks after two tourists were killed in crossfire at another beach.

Two criminals were slain on a beach in Bahia Petempich, Puerto Morelos, according to the attorney general’s office in the state of Quintana Roo, just hours after allegations of a gunshot began circulating on social media.

Earlier, police reported seeing a gang of armed males with long rifles in the vicinity of the Azul Beach hotel.

A gang of shooters arrived by boat in pursuit of the guys who were killed, according to one senior state official, in what seemed to be a targeted “execution,” according to another Mexican official.

There were no more major injuries, according to the attorney general’s office on Twitter.

Shots were fired at a Cancun resort, prompting people to flee, according to a tweet by alarmed vacationers.

Twitter user Mike Sington told Reuters he took cover with other guests at his hotel. Other guests told him they heard gunshots and that a gunman had been on the beach, he said.

“In hiding in the dark now. Was told active shooter on property,” Sington said. “Paramedics are here.”

Sington later tweeted guests were taken out of hiding and brought to the lobby, where they cried and hugged each other.

At least one tourist who was in the area was treated for a head injury, local television network Milenio reported.

Mexican security forces were sent in to reinforce Tulum, a popular resort about 80 miles (130 km) from Cancun, after two foreign tourists were killed and others wounded last month during a shootout between suspected gang members.

  • Reuters