2 Canadians killed in Mexico, another injured: officials
Global Affairs Canada confirmed on Saturday it was aware of the deaths of two Canadian citizens in Mexico, a day after local officials in the country reported a shooting at a resort near Playa del Carmen that also injured a third anybody.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Global Affairs said it was aware of a shooting in Mexico involving three Canadian citizens.
Local officials in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo reported on Friday that two Canadians were killed and another injured in a shooting at the Xcaret hotel, south of Playa del Carmen.
Quintana Roo State Security Secretary Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez confirmed the triple shooting in Twitter.
The three injured were identified as Canadian and Gutiérrez said they were immediately transferred to hospital, where one of them died.
Gutiérrez also released pictures of a guest who allegedly shot the individuals, asking for any information that would lead to the arrest of the person. An image shows the individual holding a handgun.
Later Quintana Roo Prosecutor General confirmed on Twitter that another of those injured had also died.
The suspect in the shooting was apparently a guest, according to the prosecution.
“Consular officials are contacting local authorities to gather more information and stand ready to provide consular assistance,” a statement from Global Affairs Canada said Friday evening.
“For reasons of confidentiality, no other information can be disclosed.”
Public safety analyst Chris Lewis told CTV News Channel on Friday that there was still much to be done, including when those involved came to Mexico, where the weapon used came from and any trade associations or criminals that might exist.
“I don’t see it taking long before someone is behind bars,” he said. “But a lot of investigation obviously, forensic and otherwise, to do, so they’ll be all over this one.”
The shooting follows another in November on the beach in Puerto Morelos that left two people dead. Authorities said about 15 gunmen from a gang were involved in what appeared to be a dispute over the sale of drugs.
Further south in Tulum, two tourists – one an India-born Californian travel blogger and the other German – were caught in the apparent crossfire of rival drug dealers and killed in October.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador sent nearly 1,500 members of the National Guard to bolster security in the area following the shooting.
With files from The Associated Press
Global Affairs Canada advises Canadian citizens requiring emergency consular assistance to contact the Canadian Consular Agency in Cancun, Mexico at 52 (55) 5724-9795 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Agency consular officer of Canada in Playa del Carmen, Mexico at 52 (55) 5724-7900 or by email at email@example.com
Canadians can also contact Global Affairs Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Center by calling +1 613 996 8885, texting +1 613-686-3658 or emailing sos@international .gc.ca