MEXICO CITY—A Canadian tourist was killed and two others wounded Friday in a dispute at a five-star hotel on Mexico’s Caribbean strip, local authorities said.
The shooting occurred at the Hotel Xcaret in Playa del Carmen, some 40 miles south of Cancún.
“The three wounded people were taken immediately to hospital, where unfortunately one of them died,” Quintana Roo state security secretary Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez said via his
account. “The three guests are of Canadian origin.”
Mr. Hernández said the incident derived from an argument among hotel guests. He posted several images of a man in a sweatsuit—in one holding a phone, and in another brandishing a handgun. He said the person in the images was a hotel guest who fired the shots, and was being sought by security forces. He didn’t identify any of the victims.
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, but that no further information could be disclosed for reasons of privacy.
“Police, army and National Guard troops filled the hotel and closed off access,” said Vicente Carrera, the director of Noticaribe, a local news website, who was at the hotel. “It’s the first time that the aggressor in a shooting is a tourist.”
It was at least the third time in recent months that violence has affected tourists on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, which includes such resorts as Cancún, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.
In early November, guests at the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancún hotel in Puerto Morelos rushed for safety when a heavily armed group of suspected drug dealers opened fire on rivals, leaving at least two dead. No tourists were seriously hurt in that confrontation, though one tourist was reported to have been hit over the head with a weapon.
In late October, two foreign tourists were killed and three others injured when they were caught in a crossfire between rival gangs in Tulum, a resort about 80 miles south of Cancún. The incident prompted the government to step up police and military security in the resort.
Gangs fighting turf wars in Mexican resorts have usually avoided tourist areas, though Cancún is among the cities in the country where residents feel the least secure, on a par with several drug hot spots and the most crime-ridden suburbs of Mexico City, according to a survey by the National Statistics Institute.
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