Americans hurt in shooting at Cancun’s Hyatt Ziva Riviera resort

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Americans hurt in shooting at Cancun’s Hyatt Ziva Riviera resort

A shootout between rival drug gangs at a ritzy Cancun resort left four Americans hurt, according to reports.

Rival drug gangs engaged in the Thursday gunfight on the beach outside Azul Beach Resort and the Hyatt Ziva Riviera in Puerto Morales, about 40 minutes by car from Cancun.

The gunfire sent LGBT tourists, at the Hyatt for a weeklong gay “Day of the Dead” celebration, diving for cover and barricading themselves in their hotel rooms, The Independent reported.

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Tourists had been at the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun for “Day of the Dead” celebrations.
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Expert services workers are seen outside the Hyatt Ziva Riviera hotel in Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo state, Mexico.
Expert services workers are seen outside the Hyatt Ziva Riviera hotel following the shooting.
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Tourists and police wait outside the Hyatt Ziva Riviera hotel in Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo state, Mexico, on November 4, 2021
Four Americans were hurt in the shooting, three of which did not have to go to the hospital.
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Two men, presumed to be drug dealers, died in the attack — one on the beach and the other inside one of the hotels, according to ABC News

The assailants arrived by boat and wore ski masks, officials said.

“About 15 people arrived on the beach to assassinate two men who had showed up saying they were the new dealers in the area,” Oscar Montes de Oca, attorney general for the state of Quintana Roo, told Radio Formula.

One Hyatt guest was hit with a stray bullet, Mike Sington, a former senior executive at NBCUniversal staying at the resort, tweeted Thursday.

The injured guest has been released from the hospital, Sington said, and returned to the resort, where normal operations have resumed. 

Three other Americans sustained minor injuries and did not require hospitalization, a US official confirmed to ABC News.

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