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Mexican Caribbean resort turns bloody, two Canadians succumb to gunshots

Forensic technicians and hotel employees stand near a scene where three Canadian citizens were injured by gunshots at Hotel Xcaret, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico January 21, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer

Authorities reported on Friday that two Canadians died of gunshot wounds at a resort near Cancun on Mexico’s Caribbean coast after an argument turned violent.

The news: According to Mexican officials, who cited information from Canadian police, both guests at the premium resort on the Riviera Maya in Quintana Roo state had criminal backgrounds.

Forensic technicians work at a scene where three Canadian citizens were injured by gunshots at Hotel Xcaret, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico January 21, 2022. REUTERS/Stringer

What they’re saying: The attorney general’s office in Quintana Roo, home to a stretch of white-sand beach resorts and lush jungles, said Mexican police are looking for another person suspected of firing the rounds who has an “extensive” criminal record in Canada.

  • Quintana Roo’s head of public security, Lucio Hernandez, said on Twitter a gun was fired amid “an argument among hotel guests” at the Hotel Xcaret.
  • According to Hernandez, three persons were hurt and sent to the hospital. He shared images of the alleged shooter, who was dressed in a grey tracksuit and wearing a black face mask while holding a rifle in front of lush greenery.
  • Xcaret said the incident appeared to be “targeted and isolated” and that the hotel was helping the affected people. “We deeply regret the events that occurred at Hotel Xcaret this afternoon,” it said in a statement.
A truck of the National Guard leave Hotel Xcaret after three Canadian citizens were injured by gunshots, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico January 21, 2022. REUTERS/Paola Chiomante

The Canadian government stated that it was in contact with Mexican officials and that it could not disclose any additional information owing to privacy concerns.

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