Tourists take shelter after gunmen on jet skis open fire on Cancun’s waterfront

Tourists take shelter after gunmen on jet skis open fire on Cancun’s waterfront

Tourists at a four-star Cancun resort were sent to seek shelter when gunmen pulled up on jet skis and opened fire.

Five men in military uniforms fired about 20 shots near the Oasis Palm complex on Tuesday, according to reports, but no one was injured.

Andy Guyrich was visiting from the United States and said, “We just had to hit the bridge. “

Fellow Kerry Arms said: “There was a delayed reaction of about five seconds and then everyone started scrambling and screaming and crying and running. “

Rick Lebassa, also visiting Mexico from the United States, said he believed the gunmen fired into the air.

He said: “I didn’t see any shots coming ashore.

“I’m not too worried because it’s the first time.

“We’ve been going downhill for 31 years and we’ve never had any problems. “

No one was reportedly injured in Tuesday’s incident. Photo: Inspector Nocturno Cancun / Facebook

Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, police chief of the coastal state of Quintana Roo, said the jet skis used by the gunmen were found and seized.

It is the latest in a number of shootings, as several drug cartels fight over the lucrative drug trade in the region.

On November 5, gunmen believed to belong to the Sinaloa cartel stormed a beach in Puerto Morelos, south of Cancun, and killed two drug traffickers from a rival gang.

Guests at the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun had to take cover during the attack, which was described as a targeted execution.

Two weeks earlier, a Californian blogger and a German tourist had been killed in a similar shootout in the seaside town of Tulum.

Three other tourists – two Germans and a Dutch woman – were injured.

After Tuesday’s shooting, Cancun’s beaches were patrolled by Mexican marines with bulletproof vests, helmets and guns.


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