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Taxi driver shot, killed in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A Playa del Carmen taxi driver was shot and killed Sunday outside an Oxxo convienence store in the city’s Palmas I subdivision.

The shooting occurred just before 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Emergency personnel were called regarding a wounded man laying on the ground outside the Palmas Oxxo at Boulevard Palmas and Flor de Noche Buena Avenue.

Paramedics arrived to find the man was already without vital signs.

According to witnesses, a gray van approached the taxi driver as he got out of his car to walk toward the store. A man from the van aimed a gun at the head of the taxi driver and fired once before fleeing the area.

The taxi driver was shot in the neck. The bullet was found embedded in the side of his taxi.

Witnesses called Emergency 911 and reported the shooting. The taxi belonged to the Sindicato Lázaro Cárdenas del Río. The deceased driver has been identified as 35-year-old Alfonso N. Police combed the area for the suspect and van, however no arrests were made.