November 4. A group of gunmen opened fire Thursday afternoon at a luxury seaside resort in Cancun packed with American vacationers, according to Mexican officials and eyewitnesses.
The terrifying incident reportedly began shortly after 3 p.m., when armed men descended on the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun and began shooting.
In a statement, police in Quintana Roo attributed the gunfire to “armed individuals” who “took the lives of two men who are presumed to be drug dealers,” and that no tourists were “seriously injured or kidnapped.”
Vacationers said the shooting sent them scrambling to hide. Randle Roper, whose company, Vacaya, organizes LGBTQ package tours, is staying at the resort with a group of travelers from the U.S. He confirmed to The Daily Beast that there was a shooter on the grounds and that he and the other guests were sheltering in place.
The Daily Beast previously reported on the alarming rise in gang violence around Mexico’s Mayan Riviera, a famed tourist hotspot. According to one report, the area has seen a 783 percent rise in violent crime since 2019.
Despite the flood of online posts about the shooting, a receptionist at the resort who spoke to a Reuters reporter by phone denied that anything unusual had occurred and claimed there had not been a shooting.
Source: The Daily Beast