The assailant fired from a motorcycle, killing his target and accidentally hitting a taxi driver in the leg with a bullet.
One person lost his life and another was injured in an armed attack perpetrated by a subject aboard a motorcycle in an area near water parks in the Mexican Caribbean, state authorities reported Thursday. The State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) of Quintana Roo and the State Secretariat of Public Security (SSP) confirmed on social networks that the attack occurred in a parking lot near the Xplor and Xcaret parks and the main entrance of the Xcaret Hotel, located in the Playa del Carmen-Tulum highway.
According to the first investigations, the Prosecutor’s Office indicated that the attack was directed at a man originally from the city of Culiacán, in the state of Sinaloa, northwestern Mexico, who he was transferred to a private hospital, where he later lost his life. In a message on Twitter, the State Prosecutor’s Office reported that the events occurred in a parking lot attached to the Tulum-Playa del Carmen Federal highway. “No tourists have been reported affected and the search protocols for the aggressor are applied. An investigation folder is started,” the Prosecutor’s Office said in a message on Twitter.
For his part, the Secretary of Public Security, Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, specified that a taxi driver who was waiting in the parking lot of the tourist park was accidentally shot in the leg.
Through a statement, the SSP reported that the parking lot is located on land near the Tulum-Playa del Carmen federal highway and specified that it did not belong to the Xplor or Xcaret parks. Sources consulted by EFE indicated that the land where the events were recorded belongs to the Union of Carriers.
Just on January 21, inside the Hotel Xcaret, the double homicide of two Canadian tourists who were part of a family group that was staying at the hotel was recorded. The investigations led to the arrest of several members of an international criminal gang. Another of the most notorious cases was the murder of the Argentine Federico Mazzoni, manager of the Mamitas Beach Club, as revenge for a criminal group that wanted to manage the sale of drugs in the area. The wave of violence that has hit destinations in the Mexican Caribbean in recent months, according to local authorities, is due to the dispute between drug cartels that are fighting over the plaza.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.