Three Dead, Two Wounded After Gunmen Start Shooting On Mexican Beach
Three people were killed and two others wounded Sunday after gunmen opened fire at a popular beach resort in northwestern Mexico, officials said.
The gunmen started shooting as Mexican and foreign tourists were lounging on Pamilla beach in San José del Cabo, which is situated on the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula.
The three men killed were resting under a palm tree when the bullets started flying.
The victims’ identities have not yet been confirmed by authorities.
“At the scene three men were found dead from bullet wounds,” prosecutors said in a statement.
Witnesses said there was panic among tourists when the shooting began.
“We heard the shots and just ran to get somewhere safe. It was automatic weapons fire,” a tourist told the BBC.
The two wounded, a man and a woman, were taken to a hospital after the shooting, according to prosecutors.
The assailants are currently at large. No arrests have been made, and police have evacuated the beach as they investigate the possible motive.
The incident came amid a surge in violence in Southern Baja California this year.
More than 230 people have been killed in the Los Cabos tourist region so far in 2017.
Analysts have said that most of the carnage can be attributed to fighting among the Sinaloa drug cartel and Jalisco New Generation cartel.
More than 186,000 people have been killed and another 30,000 have gone missing in Mexico since the government deployed the military to fight organized crime in 2006.
As the Mexican government makes headway capturing top drug cartel leaders, independent criminal groups have spawned, shifting their focus to robbery, kidnapping and extortion, according to analysts.
(H/T Western Journalism)