On Tuesday, five men dressed as army soldiers arrived on jet skis, near a family-friendly resort in Cancun Mexico. They shot in the air and tourists on the beach and in the resort scattered as they ran from the scene to save themselves. There were reportedly 20 shots fired near the four-star Oasis Palm resort. No one has died nor have there been any reports of injuries.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of State issued an advisory on traveling to the Quintana Roo, a coastal state in Mexico. The advisory cautioned Americans against going to the state due to crime as well as COVID-19.
Luis Hernandez Gutierrez who is the chief of police of the coastal state in Mexico’s Caribbean coast, said that the attackers had apparently used jet skis to get to the beach. They opened fire at the beach located in a hotel zone in Cancun.
According to the Associated Press, an eye witness of the shooting, Rick Lebassa said that it appeared as if two or three gunmen were shooting in the air with pistols. The tourist from Maine also said that it didn’t appear as if they were shooting at the beach and he never saw “any shots coming in toward the shoreline.” He said that he had been visiting from 31 years and they “never had any issues.” Other tourists were not so calm.
There have been a large number of violent incidents occurring in the coast which is filled with resorts. Earlier in the week a special battalion of National Guard troops were sent to protect the beaches in Cancun.
There have been several shootouts between drug gangs, reportedly out to protect their turfs. They sometimes occur on beaches or near resorts. Tourist get killed in the crossfire. Recently, a San Jose, California woman of Indian origin Anjali Ryot and a German citizen Jennifer Henzold died in Tulum, which is located south of Puerto Morelos. They were reportedly hit by crossfire when there was a shootout between drug dealers on October 20.
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