Six people were killed during a bar shooting near a popular Mexican resort.
Two gunmen reportedly opened fire on people inside a bar on the outskirts of Cancun on Thursday. Initial reports stated that six people were killed and five were wounded during the attack.
However, other news outlets are reporting that seven people were killed and four were wounded during the shootout.
Public Safety Secretary Jesus Aiza said the suspects arrived near the pool area of the bar on Thursday evening. The individuals responsible for the murders reportedly used automatic rifles to kill at least six people during the bar shooting.
Those who survived the attack are currently under police protection at a nearby hospital. No suspects have been arrested for the shooting as of this writing. Authorities are also trying to determine a motive for the incident.
Cancun is a popular tourist destination for many US students during this time of year. Cancun tourism director Maximo Garcia Rocha stated that the resort expects around 43,000 people to show up during Spring Break. In an effort to protect tourists, Rocha said authorities will increase their presence.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he plans to reduce the amount of violence that plagues the country on a regular basis.
This isn’t the first wave of violence to hit Mexico in recent weeks. Six Spanish women were reportedly attacked and raped by several individuals when suspects stormed a rented beach house in Acapulco. Nearly 70,000 people have died as a result of drug-related violence since 2007.
Although authorities are still looking for a motive in the shooting that claimed the lives of at least six people, it’s believed that the some of the victims were part of a taxi driver’s union.
An investigation into the shooting near Cancun is still underway. The individuals responsible for the bar shooting are still at-large as of this writing.
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