Shooting in Playa del Carmen leaves two injured, one of them a foreigner

One of the victims of the shooting in Playa del Carmen of Mexican origin was shot five times, while a foreign tourist was also injured.

Shooting in Playa del Carmen leaves two injured, one of them a foreigner
La Quinta Avenida, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Image for illustration purpose only.

According to local reports, another gun attack at a bar on Quinta Avenida in Playa del Carmen left two people injured, one of them a foreigner.

The latest incident occurred shortly after 11:00 p.m. yesterday, Sunday, August 14, 2022, at a bar called "Roof" on Fifth Avenue, at the corner of 6th Street, where an unidentified person arrived on foot, fired several shots and fled.

The attack occurred before the eyes of the bar's attendees, mostly tourists, one of whom was hit by a stray bullet, while the other victim, of Mexican origin, received five shots so that both were transferred aboard two medical units to the General Hospital of Playa del Carmen.

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An armed confrontation was reported in Playa del Carmen, municipality of Solidaridad, Quintana Roo, which left at least three people injured. The Quintana Roo Prosecutor's Office reported that it opened an investigation for the crime of injury, after the arrest of seven people and the seizure of three firearms and 31 bags with drugs after the shooting.

Through videos shared on social networks, it was shown that the events occurred on the afternoon of Saturday, July 23 to pedestrians and motorists who were in the vicinity of 14th Street and 1st Street, on Fifth Avenue in the city, when several gunshots were heard.

The events occurred shortly before 7:00 pm. The cameras installed in the area captured the moment when the pedestrians ran away after hearing the shots.

The detainees were identified as Omar "N", 38 years old, from Tamaulipas, Mario "N", 18 years old, from Quintana Roo, Braulio "N", 21 years old, from Guanajuato, José "N", 27 years old, from Tabasco, Kevin "N", 22 years old, Julio "N", 18 years old and Alexis "N", 29 years old, the latter three from Chiapas.

The seven individuals were arrested and placed at the disposal of the State Attorney General's Office for the possible crimes of attempted homicide, violation of the Federal Firearms and Explosives Law, and crimes against health.

One of those arrested was Pedro "G", who according to the Attorney General's Office is one of the "priority targets" of the Quintana Roo Security Roundtable.

He is related to crimes such as extortion, and crimes against health and heads a criminal cell of the now defunct Gulf Cartel," said Quintana Roo Prosecutor Oscar Montes de Oca.

Playa del Carmen, one of the jewels of the Mexican Caribbean, has been plagued by violence in recent months. Just in March, an English businessman, with permanent residence in Mexico since 2013, was murdered there in an attack that also injured his 14-year-old daughter, according to the local Attorney General's Office.

Also in Playa del Carmen, two Canadians were killed in a shootout at the end of January, in a drug-related incident that prompted the US FBI and the Canadian Mounted Police to investigate. A week after that shooting, the Argentine Federico Mazzoni, who was the manager of a popular Playa del Carmen establishment, Mamita's Beach Club, was shot dead.