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Cancun hotel shooting: Guests ‘armed themselves with sticks’ as gunshots heard – World News

Guests said they were forced to hide in their rooms and other areas of the hotel while an active shooter fired at the Hyatt Ziva Riviera resort in Puerto Morelos, south of Cancún

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Cancun: Hotel guests hide during incident at Hyatt Ziva Riviera

Hotel guests said they “armed themselves with metal sticks” as two suspected drug gang members were shot dead on a beachfront near a Mexican resort.

Last night reports emerged of armed men storming the Hyatt Ziva Riviera resort in Cancún before escaping on a boat.

Guests said they were forced to hide in their rooms and other areas of the hotel while an active shooter fired at the resort in Puerto Morelos, south of Cancún.

The alarmed tourists staying at the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun said they had been told to shelter.

One told CNN: “I was by the pool when multiple successive gunshots occurred. It went on for a little while and everyone dove for cover.








Guests gathered in the hotel lobby after the shooting
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‘People hugged each other and cried’
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“We manned the entrances to the basement and were given metal sticks, even a pedestal bathroom sink, to defend ourselves.”

Twitter user Mike Sington told Reuters he took cover with other guests at his hotel.

Some of them told him that a gunman had been on the beach, he said.

“In hiding in the dark now. Was told active shooter on property,” Mr Sington said. “Paramedics are here.”








Mexican soldiers outside the Hyatt Ziva Riviera hotel
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Mr Sington later tweeted that guests were taken out of hiding and brought to the lobby, where they cried and hugged each other.

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

Police said a group of armed men carrying long guns had been seen earlier in the area of the Azul Beach hotel.








Hotel guests hid after shots were fired
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One senior state official said a group of gunmen arrived by boat in pursuit of the men who were slain, in what another Mexican official said appeared to have been a targeted “execution”.

There were no other serious injuries, the attorney general’s office confirmed.

At least one tourist who was in the area was treated for a head injury, local television network Milenio reported.

The apparent gangland slaying was a couple of weeks after two tourists were killed in crossfire at another beach.


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