Gunfire, 2 deaths reported at Cancun’s Hyatt Ziva Riviera resort

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Gunfire, 2 deaths reported at Cancun's Hyatt Ziva Riviera resort

Two men were killed as shots rang out at a five-star Cancun hotel Thursday, sending frightened guests scrambling for safety and huddling in fear, according to police and reports.

The gunfire at the Hyatt Ziva Riviera in the popular Mexican resort came as tourists were lounging on the beach and swimming pools when the shots sent them into a panic.

Quintana Roo security forces said on Twitter that two men had been killed on the beach at the resort, identifying the victims as “two men who are presumed to be drug dealers.”

“There are no seriously injured or kidnapped tourists,” the department said.

The US embassy told Reuters that the consulate in Yucatan was trying to confirm details.

A receptionist at the hotel told the news service that “nothing unusual was taking place” despite the widespread confusion.

But NBC executive Mike Sington, who was at the resort, described the panic at the scene on Twitter, saying that guests huddled for safety and were confined to the lobby.

Hyatt Ziva Riviera shooting in Cancun
Authorities said the victims were “presumed to be drug dealers.”
MIKE SINGTON via REUTERS
Resort goers had been at the beach and swimming pools when the shooting had started.
Resort goers had been at the beach and swimming pools when the shooting had started.

“Active shooter at Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun Resort,” Sington tweeted. “Several guests have now told they saw gunmen come up from the beach, actively shooting.”

“In hiding in the dark now,” Sington wrote. “Was told active shooter on property. Paramedics are here.”

With Post wires

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