Another shooting in Tulum this time at Art Beach restaurant leaves two dead and one injured

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Initial versions indicate that alleged drug traffickers died inside the premises in a confrontation with armed men.

Tulum, Quintana Roo .- Once again, this tourist destination was the scene of a shooting inside a tourist restaurant.

The first reports from the police authorities indicate that two people, suspected drug traffickers, died after armed men from rival gangs staged a shooting at the Art Beach restaurant around 8:30 p.m.

Balacera en lujoso restaurante deja dos muertos y un herido en Tulum,  Quintana Roo - Noventa Grados - Noticias de México y el Mundo

It was mentioned that the confrontation was between antagonistic criminal groups. After the events, the police authorities with the support of the Navy carried out an operation to find those involved who managed to escape.

Inside the premises two people were killed and one injured by a firearm projectile.

The Attorney General of the State of Quintana Roo pointed out that the pertinent investigations are already being carried out

Local media mentioned that emergency services arrived in the area and the Red Cross took an injured man to a hospital unit. Elements of the National Guard and the Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) were seen in the area.

Regarding the reasons for the attack, which took place in the restaurant located at km7 of the Tulum-Bocapaila highway, the first line of investigation could be directed at an alleged settling of scores between rival criminal gangs.

Faced with this situation, the FGE ruled on the matter and initiated the corresponding investigation folder. It also confirmed that two men lost their lives due to gunshots and a 24-year-old man was injured.

Two men died at the scene (Photo: EFE/ Alonso Cupul)

“The search and tracking protocols were activated to identify the participants in this illicit act,” can be read in the statement from the state agency.

It should be remembered that recently tourist sites in Quintana Roo have been devastated by violence. Such was the case during the first month of 2022, when a Canadian tourist was killed and two more were injured, after being hit by gunshots by a subject who triggered a shootout inside the Xcaret hotel.

“The three injured were immediately transferred to the hospital, where unfortunately one dies, the three guests are of Canadian origin,” reported Lucio Hernández, Secretary of State Security.

The official also reported that the attack stemmed from an argument between the guests of the tourist complex. After unleashing chaos and committing the crime, the aggressor fled through the jungle undergrowth, but his image was captured on video surveillance cameras and he is already being sought for arrest.

Search and tracking protocols were activated (PHOTO: ELIZABETH RUIZ /CUARTOSCURO.COM)

The events occurred around 2:00 p.m. in the area near the theme park, near federal highway 307 that connects Playa del Carmen with Tulum. The Xcaret Group has not issued a position on the case.

“This is the guest who shot causing the injuries that later caused the death of one of them, the authorities of the coordination group are deploying a strong operation for his capture, any information for a prompt arrest will be deeply appreciated,” added the secretary.

These events are added to other armed attacks on hotels in Quintana Roo, since last November there was a shooting at the Hyatt Ziva Riviera hotel, south of Cancun. On that occasion in Puerto Morelos, two men were killed because enemy drug traffickers of the Sinaloa Cartel executed them when they invaded their drug sales area.

Around 2:10 p.m., approximately 15 subjects arrived who addressed the pair of alleged drug dealers. One was captured and killed, while the other ran into the hotel, where he was shot and left dead. After executing the attack, the subjects fled.

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