Tulum, Q.R. — One person has been arrested in the deadly Tulum shooting that cost two tourists their lives. The Attorney General has reported the arrest of José L for homicide, attempted homicide and injuries in the October 20 attack that killed two and injured three others.
Oscar Montes de Oca Rosales, State Attorney General also provided an update, reporting that two of the three wounded in the shooting have been released from hospital. The third person is expected to be released soon. One of the two deceased has been claimed by family and returned to their country of origin.
“It is a fact that hurts not only the destination, but all of Quintana Roo because it damages the image to society in general,” he said adding that they are anticipating more arrests soon.
The detainment of José L was made after an arrest warrant was issued. José L was allegedly one of the shooters between the criminal groups fighting over the central Tulum territory.
He was wounded during the gunfire and located in a Playa del Carmen hospital later that same night. As per protocol, hospitals have to report persons injured by firearm.
During a Monday Radio Fórmula interview, Montes de Oca Rosales explained that two individuals who were engaged in selling drugs at that point encountered another drug dealer, which lead to the exchange of gunfire between the three men.
Forensics was used to determine that José L was one of the participants involved in the shooting. He was taken into police custody after being released from hospital.
In his statement regarding José L , Montes de Oca Rosales said “presumably, and according to the orientation where he was in relation to the position of the victim, together with the other investigation data, it is established that he could have fired a firearm that caused the death of one of them.”
José L is also being held on drug-related charges in the form of buying and selling narcotics and will remain in preventive detention.
“There is a special group assigned to find the others responsible,” said Montes de Oca Rosales who stressed “the progress of the investigations continues. We hope to have more news soon.”