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Gunmen in Cancun, Mexico, shot at a beach vendor from jet skis in the water on Friday. The incident occurred in the middle of the resort city’s main beachfront hotel strip, and is thought to be the city’s first shooting of its kind.
Fortunately, there were no injuries. Authorities recovered four bullets from the scene on the beach, which was then closed off to the public, but they were not able to identify the gunmen or exactly who the target of the shooting might have been.
The shooting is the latest in a string of brutal incidents in Mexico, where violence related to drug cartels is creeping closer to tourist areas that have historically been generally safer than the rest of the country. Cancun has reported a total of 130 murders so far in 2018, with one particularly gruesome stretch earlier in April that saw 14 murders in 36 hours. That 36-hour window was the bloodiest timeframe the city has seen since 2004, according to The New York Post.
Earlier this week, a body of a man who had been shot was found lying face down in the water on a beach in Acapulco. And earlier in March, The US Consular Agency in Playa del Carmen was closed due to an unspecified “security threat” in the resort town. At the same time, the US Embassy in Mexico had issued a security alert, which barred all US government employees from traveling to Playa del Carmen. That alert has since been lifted.
Although the Embassy never said what exactly the threat was, there had been a bombing on a passenger ferry that runs between Playa del Carmen and Cozumel in February, which injured 25 people, including two Americans. Another explosive device on another ferry a week after that. It is still unclear what was behind those bombings.
H/T: The New York Post
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