Two Dead After Drug Gangs Clash In Shootout Near Cancun Hotel Hosting Gay Group, All Guests Are Safe

Reuters reports:

Two suspected drug gang members were shot dead in a beachfront clash between rival groups near the Mexican resort of Cancun on Thursday, authorities said, a couple of weeks after two tourists were killed in crossfire at another beach.

A few hours after reports of a shooting began circulating on social media, the attorney general’s office in the state of Quintana Roo said the warring gangsters faced off on a beach in Bahia Petempich, Puerto Morelos, and that two were killed.

Police said earlier that a group of armed men carrying long guns was seen in the area of the Azul Beach hotel. Alarmed tourists tweeted that shots were being fired at a Cancun resort, where staff had told them to hide.

The Daily Beast reports:

In a statement, police in Quintana Roo attributed the gunfire to “armed individuals” who “took the lives of two men who are presumed to be drug dealers,” and that no tourists were “seriously injured or kidnapped.”

Vacationers said the shooting sent them scrambling to hide. Randle Roper, whose company, Vacaya, organizes LGBTQ package tours, is staying at the resort with a group of travelers from the U.S. He confirmed to The Daily Beast that there was a shooter on the grounds, and he and the other guests were sheltering in place.

My first report is here.