Two Canadians killed and one injured in Mexican resort shooting

Mexico City — Two Canadians were killed on Friday and another was injured in a shooting at a hotel on the Caribbean coast of Mexico, state officials said.

Quintana Roo security director Lucio Hernandez said on Twitter that authorities were looking for guests at Hotel Excalet by shooting. He shared a photo of a man walking with a pistol.

Xcaret Resort is to the south of Playa del Carmen.

Officials said all three victims were taken to the hospital, but two died.

The Quintana Roo Prosecutor’s Office said on Twitter that the shooting suspect was also clearly a guest, and Canadian police informed them that he was a known felony with long records related to robbery, drug and weapons crimes. The office said both of the dead also had a criminal record.

This is the latest violence along the famous Maya Riviera of Mexico, the pinnacle of the tourism industry.

In November, a gun battle on the beach in Puerto Morelos killed two suspected drug dealers. Officials said there were about 15 shooters from the gang, where they seemed to challenge the control of drug sales.

In late October, further south of the laid-back destination of Tulum, two tourists (one from India-born California travel blogger and the other from Germany) revealed rival drug dealers. He was involved in a gun battle and was killed.

Following these events, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador dispatched approximately 1,500 members of the National Guard to strengthen security in the region.

Associated Press