Cancun, Q.R. — One dead and two injured was the result of an early evening street shooting in the Cancun Hotel Zone.
Reports say 19 shell casings were counted after the three men, all believed to be Cancun taxi drivers, were fired upon. One of the men died, while two others were wounded by the gunfire.
The shooting took place at Kilometer 16.5 of Boulevard Kukulcán around 8:40 p.m. at the entrance of the Omni and Emporio hotels, where more than 19 casings were found by police.
Preliminary reports say that the attackers fled the scene aboard a white SUV-type vehicle which was later found abandoned and burned near Puerto Morelos.
Through social media, the Secretary of Public Security, Jesus Alberto Capella, confirmed that the victims were taxi drivers and allegedly involved in narcotics, clarifying that there was no effect on tourists.
The taxi drivers were from the Andrés Quintana Roo Taxi Driver’s Union. A Red Code was activated after 911 received the call of a shooting in the hotel zone. When ambulances arrived, they found one deceased male and two injured with non-life-threatening bullet wounds.
The taxi drivers have been identified as 23-year-old Fernando A.R., 56-year-old Arturo Z.C. and 30-year-old Carlos S.R.
The emergency units were escorted by elements of the Tourist Police to the IMSS hospital.
At 11:32 p.m. Public Safety was alerted about a vehicle burning in Glorieta de La Esperanza along the federal highway toward Playa del Carmen. Fire personnel arrived to put out the fire.
The burned vehicle is believed to be that used in the Cancun shooting. Reports say that inside, police also found burned weapons.