A shooting at a restaurant in Tulum, in the Mexican Caribbean, left two tourists dead and another three injured, according to the Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) on Thursday.
“FGE Quintana Roo begins an investigation folder on the events that occurred in Tulum where two people of foreign origin lost their lives and three more were injured by firearms inside an establishment while consuming food,” the State Prosecutor’s Office reported in a statement. .
As detailed in the bulletin, the first investigations establish that the shooting occurred on Wednesday night during a clash between criminal groups who are engaged in small-scale drug trafficking.
“On the night of this Wednesday, October 20, the five people who were inside a restaurant were injured at the time of the confrontation between two criminal groups,” the text said.
Paramedics and rescuers went to the place located on Centauro street in the downtown area of Tulum to provide first aid to the injured and transfer them to a hospital for medical attention.
Despite this, “a person of foreign origin lost his life in the place and later, one more died in the hospital,” said the state prosecutor’s office.
The three foreigners who were injured in the establishment are treated in hospitals.
Through the Directorate of Attention to Victims of this Office, communication is being established with the consular representatives of the victims, whose nationality has not been detailed.
“The prosecutor of the Public Ministry carried out the seizure of the property to carry out the corresponding investigation acts,” the text concluded.
In mid-September there was another shooting at a Tulum establishment, leaving two people dead, according to local media.
Mexico has registered the two most violent years in its history in the first two years of the mandate of the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), with 34,689 murder victims in 2019 and 34,558 in 2020.
While the country accumulates 25,392 malicious homicides between January and September 2021, a year-on-year reduction of 3.4% compared to the same period of the previous year.