At least two people were killed and a tourist was injured in a terrifying gun attack at a Cancun resort on Thursday after an armed drugs gang stormed a hotel and opened fire, authorities said.
Guests including US visitors ran for their lives and took shelter after being told there was a “threat to the hotel” at the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun resort in Mexico before one suspect was apprehended, according to the Attorney-General there.
The shooting was a confrontation between a group of drug dealers on a beach in Bahía Petempich, Puerto Morelos, the lawyer general of Quintana Roo reported.
According to authorities, the two dead are drug traffickers – with no serious injuries or kidnapped tourists reported.
At least one tourist, whose information has not been given, was injured, according to local media.
One man has been arrested – although local reports suggest at least eight may have been involved in the gun rampage, and one person may have been kidnapped.
Andrew Krop, whose husband is a performer for the Vacaya gay vacation group, told The Sun the shooting reportedly took place shortly after 3pm local time.
“They’ve been staying at the Hyatt Ziva resort in Cancun,” he said.
“About a half-hour ago, he called me and said that men had stormed the beach with machine guns and started firing.
“He ran with some friends and is hiding locked in a room right now,” Krop added.
Former NBC Universal executive Mike Sington wrote on Twitter: “All guests and employees told to duck, and we’re all taken to hiding places at Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun Resort.
“Active shooter? Terrorist or kidnapping threat? They’re not telling us anything.”
The former executive added: “Active shooter on property at Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun Resort. All guests and employees are hiding. Paramedics have arrived.”
Video from the scene showed multiple guests of the five-star resort ducking behind walls, crouched on the floor and sheltering in dark rooms.
According to local reporters, the Mexican army was present at the resort moments after the reported shooting.
Local outlet Adn40 reported that at least eight heavily armed suspects on pick-up trucks stormed the beach near the resort.
According to local outlet Noticaribe, the armed suspects reportedly kidnapped one male victim; however, those reports have yet to be confirmed by authorities.
A room at the Hyatt Ziva Rivera Cancun resort comes with a $400-a-night price tag.
Eye-witnesses claimed men had stormed the beach armed with machine guns and started firing.
Clips posted on social media showed guests and hotel staff hugging as they sought shelter in the hotel.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission
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