PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico – Gunmen killed one person and wounded 11 others in an attack on a bar in the Mexican Caribbean resort town of Playa del Carmen, state prosecutors said Tuesday.
The attack occurred around 9:45 pm and targeted the Cerveceria Chapultepec bar in Playa del Carmen’s Ejidal district, the Quintana Roo state Attorney General’s Office said.
“Two unidentified men” entered the bar and opened fire with handguns on patrons, the AG’s office said in a statement.
The police department in Solidaridad, the city within whose limits Playa del Carmen lies, blamed the attack on local gangs that run extortion rackets targeting business owners.
The wounded were transported to the general hospital in Playa del Carmen, a popular destination for visitors to Mexico’s Riviera Maya resort area.
Many of the people wounded in the attack on Cerveceria Chapultepec are listed in serious condition, the AG’s office said.
State and municipal police officers, backed by Federal Police officers, cordoned off the crime scene with assistance from army troops and marines.
Paramedics responded to the shooting and provided first aid to the victims, state prosecutors said.
There are reports that the gunmen arrived on motorcycles, walked up to the tables outside the bar and opened fire on those inside.
The majority of those wounded in the attack were seated at tables outside the bar, the AG’s office said.
Avenida Constituyentes, where the Cerveceria Chapultepec is located, is one of the main thoroughfares in Playa del Carmen.
On Jan. 6, seven people were killed in a shooting at a bar in Playa del Carmen.
The shooting was similar to one on Jan. 16, 2017, at the Blue Parrot club, where six people were killed and 15 others wounded in the resort town during an electronic music festival.
Since 2017, drug-related violence has plagued a large part of the southeastern state of Quintana Roo, which welcomes tens of thousands of tourists each year and generates huge amounts of hard currency for Mexico.
Officials blame the violence on a turf war involving the Jalisco Nueva Generacion Cartel, the Los Zetas cartel and other gangs that want to control the illegal drug trade in the region.