Two cartel gunmen stormed a bar near Cancun, shooting 12 at random. It remains unclear if there were any tourists among the victims.
The shooting took place Monday night at the Cerveceria bar in Playa Del Carmen, approximately 40 miles from Cancun. The area draws thousands of international tourists year-round.
La @FGEQuintanaRoo inició la investigación correspondiente para dar con los responsables del hecho ocurrido en una Cervecería ubicada en la av. Constituyentes y la calle 100 en la colonia Ejidal de Playa del Carmen, en la que dos personas desconocidas dispararon a los asistentes.
— Fiscalía General QR (@FGEQuintanaRoo) May 14, 2019
The Quintana Roo Attorney General’s Office confirmed the shooting and claimed to be working to identify the two gunmen. Authorities have not named the victims, nor their tourist statuses.
A video taken by citizen journalists moments after the shooting revealed that at least one woman was killed at the scene. Various men can be heard calling for authorities to help another injured woman.
— Eduardo (@Eduardo62595959) May 14, 2019
The incident follows a series of area bar shootings which are tied to a turf war between cartels over drug distribution and business protection rackets.
According to La Jornada, the Playa Del Carmen tourist area has seen 86 murders, including four women. In Cancun, authorities recorded 159 murders–including four police officers. In February, four cartel gunmen carrying rifles and handguns stormed a bar in Cancun and began firing indiscriminately, striking 12.
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