American tourist in cancun Kanya N. wounded crossfire between rival drug gangs

American tourist in Cancun was injured in the crossfire of jet ski gunmen.

A Kentucky woman vacationing in Cancun was reportedly wounded by a stray bullet fired by a pair of jet ski-riding gunmen who killed two people in an apparent turf war between rival drug gangs.

On June 11, the tourist — identified only as Kanya N. — was relaxing beneath a palm-roofed hut in the Mexican resort when the seaborne attackers opened fire, spraying 10 to 15 rounds before zooming away, Vice reported.

In Cancun, Mexico, an American tourist was reportedly wounded by a stray bullet.
In Cancun, Mexico, an American tourist was reportedly wounded by a stray bullet.

The two people killed in the brazen shooting were believed to be vendors peddling goods to tourists — but some street vendors double as drug dealers, supplying visitors with cocaine and marijuana, according to the news outlet.

Kanya was reportedly shot in the shoulder, but Vice was unable to ascertain her condition.

The shooting at Playa Tortugas — a popular beach spot in Cancun's Hotel Zone — appears to have been sparked by a territorial dispute between rival factions.

Authorities on the scene of the shooting in Cancun's Playa Tortugas.
Authorities on the scene of the shooting in Cancun's Playa Tortugas.

According to Vice, police investigating the fatal attack demolished unlicensed vendor huts on the beach in an apparent effort to rid the area of drug dealers.

Later that day, shots were fired at the local branch of the state prosecutor's office, which deals with small-scale drug trafficking, though it was unclear whether the incident was connected to the previous day's attack, the outlet reported.

Quintana Roo, the state on the Yucatán Peninsula that includes Cancn, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Cozumel, is known as a transit point for narcotics from South America as well as a drug consumption hub due to the high volume of visitors, Vice reported.

In the first four months of 2021, Quintana Roo recorded 209 homicides, down from 266 in the same period last year.
In the first four months of 2021, Quintana Roo recorded 209 homicides, down from 266 in the same period last year.

In the first four months of 2021, there were 209 homicides in Quintana Roo, down from 266 in the same period last year — though the majority of killings occur outside of tourist resort areas.

Although gunmen using jet skis is uncommon, Vice reports that in 2018, a street vendor in Cancn was targeted by assailants on a jet ski, but no one was injured.

The shooting scene at Playa Tortugas.
The shooting scene at Playa Tortugas.

 

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