Two tourists killed in shooting at Mexican resort

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Two Canadians were killed and a third injured in a shooting at their five-star hotel in the Mexican resort town of Playa del Carmen, state authorities said.

The gunfire erupted after a group of Canadian guests got into an argument at the upscale Xcaret hotel on Friday, said Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, public secretary of defense for the state of Quintana Roo.

All three victims were taken to hospital, but two died, including one en route, authorities said.

Both deceased guests had criminal records, state authorities said, citing information from Canadian police.

Mexican authorities are looking for the shooter who is believed to have a ‘long’ criminal record, including robberies, drug and weapons offences.

Authorities are looking for the man who they believe killed two people at a resort in Mexico.
The alleged shooter has a “long” criminal record.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was seen in surveillance footage in a gray tracksuit and black mask outside the pool.

The hotel said the incident appeared to be “focused and isolated”.

“We deeply regret the events that took place at the Xcaret Hotel this afternoon,” he said in a statement.

Forensic technicians and hotel workers stand near a scene where three Canadian citizens were injured.
The hotel said the shooting appeared to be “targeted and isolated”.
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An ambulance remains outside the hospital in Playamed.
Three victims were taken to hospital.
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The shooting at the luxury resort is just the latest brazen act of violence along Mexico’s notorious Riviera Maya,

In November, a shootout on the beach in Puerto Morelos left two suspected drug traffickers dead.

Authorities guard the entrance to a hospital.
Two of the victims died, including one en route to hospital.
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In late October, two tourists – one an India-born Californian travel blogger and the other German – were killed in the apparent crossfire from rival drug dealers in Tulum.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has since sent nearly 1,500 members of the National Guard to bolster security in the region.

With post wires

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