Two Canadians killed in shooting at Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen

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In another tweet, the security chief requested information about an armed man shown in a photo wearing a light gray sweatshirt and sweatpants firing a pistol in what appeared to be the hotel’s leafy patio .

A video apparently shot at the hotel and shared on social media showed bodies on the floor of an outdoor restaurant. “He’s still breathing!” some unidentified guests exclaim.

The three Canadians were injured in the assault and rushed to hospital, the official said. Two of them later died, authorities said. The state attorney general’s office said the first person to die had previous criminal charges, including drug trafficking and using a fake ID. The second Canadian who was killed also had a criminal past, the bureau said in a tweet. The victims have not been identified.

Security forces descended on the area and began searching for the suspect, authorities said.

The shooting follows a series of other violent incidents in recent months in Cancun resorts and along the coastal strip stretching south of that city. In December, gunmen on jet skis charged a Cancun beach in an apparent assassination attempt, firing their guns and then taking off. No one was hurt. In November, a shooting erupted at a hotel in Puerto Morelos, sending tourists hiding in the hallways. Two apparent cartel members were killed.

A month earlier, a German and Indian tourist had been killed by gunmen in Tulum, apparently caught in the crossfire.

Several organized crime groups compete to supply drugs to tourists in the resort area, sparking violent clashes. Foreigners on vacation are rarely targeted. But the Mexican government – which relies on tourism for almost 9% of its GDP – has been so angered by the recent attacks that it has sent more than 1,000 soldiers and police to patrol beaches, nightclubs and popular bars .

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