Gunmen opened fire at a Cancun beach resort on Thursday, killing two people in what Mexican state officials called a confrontation between rival drug dealers that witnesses said forced tourists and hotel staff to hide for several hours.
The shooting occurred on the beach at the Hyatt Ziva Cancun, an all-inclusive resort in Bahía Petempich that is popular with American tourists.
“The @FGEQuintanaRoo reports that there was a confrontation between members of antagonistic groups of drug dealers on a beach in Bahía Petempich, Puerto Morelos,” the attorney general for Quinana Roo state said via Twitter on Thursday. “Two of them lost their lives at the scene. There are no serious injuries.”
The Secretariat of Public Security of Quintana Roo later tweeted that no tourists were injured or kidnapped.
Mike Sington, a Twitter user and former executive at NBC Universal, told Reuters by direct message that he was hiding with other guests of the resort in a dark area of the hotel and that staff had not explained what was happening. Other guests told him they heard gunshots and that a gunman had been on the beach, he said.
Active shooter at Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun Resort. All guests confined to lobby now. Hotel staff huddled together in corner. Still no announcement or update from hotel, Hyatt, or police. Several guests have now told be they saw gunman come up from the beach, actively shooting. <a href=”https://t.co/fL9BP7Jisb”>pic.twitter.com/fL9BP7Jisb</a>
Hotel staff later sent text messages saying the gunman had been apprehended and that staff would escort guests to their rooms where they were ordered to shelter in place, Sington said.
“I’ve never been so scared, literally shaking,” he tweeted.
In a statement released Thursday evening, Global Affairs Canada said it is not aware of any Canadian citizens affected by the shooting but continues to monitor the situation closely.
Canadian citizens requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Consular Agency of Canada in Cancun, Mexico at 52 (55) 5724-9795 or [email protected] or call the department’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre at 1-800-387-3124 (toll-free), +1 613-996-8885 or by sending an email to [email protected]ternational.gc.ca.