Bloody Halloween in Tulum: shoot-out during party left two people dead

02/11/2020

According to reports from the local press, during an electronic music event held on the occasion of " Night of Witches" or Halloween, in a restaurant in Tulum's hotel zone; a confrontation between armed persons caused panic among the more than 500 attendees, mostly tourists.

Halloween party in Tulum ends in a shoot-out; two dead. Photo: Twitter@Notipensular
Halloween party in Tulum ends in a shoot-out; two dead. Photo: Twitter@Notipensular

In the early hours of this Sunday morning, a mass shooting took place in the paradisiacal tourist destination of Tulum, Quintana Roo, leaving two people dead and at least three injured. According to reports, the confrontation took place between an agent of the Ministerial Police and alleged hitmen.

The shooting broke out when two armed men entered the musical event, which was being held at the Vagalume club. It was then that the agent, who was allegedly escorting another person who attended the party, noticed the entry of the alleged hitmen and began the shooting.

The gunmen drew their weapons and attacked the minister, who repelled the aggression and killed the two men. The officer was shot twice, once in the leg, and once more in the ribs. In the crossfire, a man and a woman were also wounded and were taken to private hospitals in the area.

The shooting generated panic in the compound, which was evacuated amidst shouts and shoving by the crowd of locals and tourists. Police officers arrived at the site and secured a .22 caliber weapon, in addition to cordoning off the area for the removal of the two dead. The ministerial agent was discharged after a few hours and taken to the State Attorney General's Office to give his statement.

The local press reports that the case is hermetic, since, in addition to the fact that the celebration was illegal, due to the sanitary restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, the event was attended by an official whose identity is still unknown. Just two weeks ago, an armed attack left five people dead in a bar in the rural community of Manuel Antonio Ay, in the transition zone of Tulum.