A shooting erupted at an electronic music festival in the Mexican resort Carmen early Monday, leaving at least five people dead and sparking a stampede, the mayor said. In September, two Mexican marines were found stabbed to death in Cancun. They have set up businesses such as hotels, restaurants and car rental shops. The state attorney general, Miguel Angel Pech, that drug-related activity was the principal line of investigation for the music-festival shooting, though he also extortion was a possible motive. While cartels have occasionally of the area, the state has largely avoided the high-impact violence that has ravaged other parts of Mexico , a well-known resort city on the Pacific coast. Though Mexican officials initially said two Canadians had been killed in the incident, Global Affairs confirmed late Monday only one of the deceased was Canadian. Local sources report that the feared Jalisco cartel has moved into the region, disputing control with local gangs.
Soldiers walk inside Plaza Las Americas mall following reports of gunfire in Cancun, Mexico, January 17, 2017. The shooting occurred near the largest exit, setting off chaos as concert goers had to scramble over a metal fence to escape to the beach. Rivas said that, in addition to homicides, his organization femicides, extortion, and human trafficking in the area — all problems abetted by deficiencies among state police, 17% of whom were deemed unsuitable for service during the last year, up from 12%. Our events will be attacked in the future, there is nothing we can really do about it beyond trying to limit an attacker from getting anywhere near people, or taking weapons from someone planning to kill people before they use them, via security at venues. Another state official authorities were investigating whether the two shootings were connected.
It was not known if they had been involved in the shooting. The attorney general of Quintana Roo state, where Playa del Carmen is located, said the gunman fired directly at one of the Mexican victims at the nightclub where the festival's closing party was being held. Mario Villanueva, who was later convicted in the U. He said 20 bullet casings apparently from three different pistols were found at the scene, but it was unclear if the security detail was armed or fired any of the weapons. The Quintana Roo state prosecutor — a Mexican who as well as a Canadian and an Italian, all three of whom were on the event's security staff, and another man and woman — were among the dead.
When the Red Cross medical team arrived they found the victim still alive, then they immediately took him to the General Hospital. The state government said in a statement that one person was in grave condition. And drug cartel influence in the state as a whole goes back at least to the 1990s under Gov. The suspects escaped after shooting six men dead inside the bar. However, with many foreign tourists and a vibrant night life scene, there has long been an important local drug market in and around Playa Del Carmen.
Two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian are among the dead, authorities said. Later on Monday, after viewing security footage, the Quintana Roo state prosecutor the shooter came to the club with a specific target — a member of the club's security detail. They the Zetas can burn your building. Authorities are not calling this a terrorist attack. Blood spatters a wall outside the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen. They have not yet been identified. Authorities also investigated reports of gunfire at the Plaza de las Americas shopping center.
There have been several high-profile acts of violence in the Cancun-Playa del Carmen area since late last year. Law enforcement authorities said two gunmen allegedly entered Las Virginias bar in a low-income neighborhood away from the beachside tourist zone and opened fired. The prosecutor's office is from the city's hotel district, one of the primary tourist destinations in Mexico. We are overcome with grief over this senseless act of violence and we are cooperating fully with local law enforcement and government officials as they continue their investigation. He also said many people at the event appeared to be armed and that many of the wounded were shot when security guards tried to shoot the attacker. However, a state official this motive, saying that no one was detained at the facility at the time of the attack. Three people were shot and unfortunately one died.
Canadian government officials added that at least two other Canadians were wounded in the deadly incident at a popular night club. Gunmen shot a police commander outside his home in late July. The gunman began to exchange fire with another person inside, he said, and festival security personnel tried to stop the shooting and came under fire. State Department warns tourists about tainted alcohol at Mexico resorts In comparison, Chicago has recorded more than 400 homicides through July, the most of any U. Updated counts are calling 15 people wounded in the shootings, mostly minor injuries to Americans, Mexicans, and Canadians, who have since been treated and released from area hospitals. It was indicated that Giovanni Arturo Amparan Saragossa, 30-year-old businessman from the State of México, died at 12:22 p. Alejandra Villanueva Ibarra, an 18-year-old from Denver, Co.
In the Solidaridad municipality, where Playa del Carmen is located, 19 homicide cases have recorded through November this year, putting 2016 on pace to be just over the 19. The businessmen, the people in nightclubs, they cannot do anything. But he did not specify what the conflict was. Pech said the shooting erupted when security personnel tried to stop a man from entering the Blue Parrot club with a gun. Associated Press writer Mark Stevenson in Mexico City contributed to this report.