Deadly Drug Dealer Shooting At Hyatt In Cancun

Deadly Drug Dealer Shooting At Hyatt In Cancun

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The new Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun, which opened its doors just a couple of months ago, is in the news for a deadly shooting.

Active shooter at Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun?

News of this situation first broke on Twitter last night, when user @MikeSington provided the play-by-play (including videos) of what was going on. The incident started with guests being told to duck, and being taken to hiding places.

It was then stated that guests had heard gunfire on the beach, as gunmen apparently entered the area via the beach and were shooting as they entered.

Then there was news that the active gunmen had been apprehended, and guests were eventually brought back to their rooms in small groups, but were still told to stay quiet.

Not that it matters in the context of this story (hopefully), but for those thinking “there sure are a lot of guys staying here,” it seems that the LGBT+ travel company Vacaya had a resort buyout this week for an event. It doesn’t seem that the attack was in anyway targeted against the guests.

So, what really happened?

It’s reported that there was a confrontation between members of groups of drug dealers on a beach in Bahía Petempich, Puerto Morelos, and that two of the people involved died. The violence was exclusively between drug dealers, and no guests or hotel employees were seriously injured.

It’s not clear if the location of the incident at the Hyatt was a coincidence, or if the drug deal was related to the hotel in some way.

Bottom line

A deadly shooting occurred at the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun on Thursday evening, when armed drug dealers allegedly got into a confrontation at the beach, leading to two deaths. Fortunately no guests or hotel employees were injured or killed, but rather the confrontation just seemed to be between rival drug gangs.

Scary stuff…

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  1. Pat Guest

    I returned from this resort last Saturday and had a fantastic time. There was heavy security guard protection all along the Beach front of this hotel. Reports say that they arrived in a stolen boat. Within walking distance to this hotel on the beach were 3 official boats tied up. If they stole one of those boats, it would make sense that no one would think twice about it pulling up until it was too late.

  2. Bob Guest

    We were at the Ritz in Cancun in 2019. The amount of federales armed to the teeth patrolling the beach and the entrance to the resort was insane. There were groups of them on foot and on ATV’s. Balaclavas, fully-automatic weapons, the whole shebang.

    They would wave to me or say ola because I guess I looked freaked out every time I saw them.

  3. Fed UP Guest

    If there was no drug demand from the tourists, the drug gangs and cartels would not exist. Same goes for the "drug" problem on the southern border, it is driven by drug demand in the USA

  4. Marco Guest

    I know this is not a political blog, but , isn’t it time that drug cartels be considered as foreign terrorists organizations by the state department ? Should we wait until more Americans are killed as collateral damage?

  5. matt Guest

    They don't attack tourists, the danger is to get stray bullet.

  6. Patrick Taw Guest

    What kind of security does the hotel have?

    1. MikeFreebie Guest

      Probably not enough security to confront commandos storming the beach with automatic rifles… just a guess though.

    2. Patrick Taw Guest

      I know in Philippines or India, they have security with assault weapons now at top hotels. Too many attacks and threats to ignore.

  7. pstm91 Platinum

    Unfortunately, it does seem that the cartel violence is finally moving into the more heavily tourist-populated areas. There was a big one in Tulum recently. I take anything the Daily Beast writes with a grain of salt, but this does sound grim: https://www.thedailybeast.com/dream-vacation-hotspot-of-tulum-in-mexico-is-spiraling-into-a-deadly-cartel-battlefield

    The quote about Acapulco in particular is depressingly true.

    1. Peter Guest

      I take anything you write with a grain of salt. Thanks for today’s dumbest comment.

  8. john Guest

    Why the big fuss over this? If this was really something to be concerned with would you be videotaping the whole thing? Or would you try to be running towards safety and not trying to post on social media. I think if it were me I would be running away and would not be video taping and Facebooking and twittering and all of that silly stuff. I can't understand why someone has their phone out...

    Why the big fuss over this? If this was really something to be concerned with would you be videotaping the whole thing? Or would you try to be running towards safety and not trying to post on social media. I think if it were me I would be running away and would not be video taping and Facebooking and twittering and all of that silly stuff. I can't understand why someone has their phone out and videotaping in this when they're running for their life it does not make sense to me

    1. Eskimo Guest

      If we had high resolution smartphones and broadband internet, we would have know what happened on United 93.

  9. JP Guest

    So it was a dispute between drug dealers, but if it was terrorists, wouldn't broadcasting a live feed of where your hiding place is on social media one of the last things you'd want to do?

  10. Ryan Guest

    Staying here in January. Got the Ocean Front Master King at a bargain 40k points a night (usually $900+ a night in cash rates). I'll let you know how it goes!

    1. Matt Guest

      Honestly I would change your reservations. I was at the hotel last week, and outside of this unfortunate and terrifying event, the hotel rooms are not nice, are not 4-5 star quality, and many have not even been completely renovated since the Hyatt took over. The staff and ground are good, but the rooms (at least in buildings 5-6 and any others not in the "heart" of the resort) are not what you may be expecting. I was sorely disappointed in the rooms.

  11. Beachfan Guest

    Isn’t it odd that you would be told to leave your room and congregate in the open? Not sure I would have. Could have become a hostage situation.

  12. William Guest

    Some of those swim get-ups though - yikes

    1. Leigh Guest

      Okay....I laughed reading your comment (though felt guilty about it!)...:)

    2. Donna Diamond

      I thought the same thing!

  13. Never In Doubt Guest

    Boy, that next season of Narcos:Mexico hits hard.

    1. James Guest

      Cool. Now make this happen almost twice a day and they’ll catch up with the US.

      Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mass_shootings_in_the_United_States_in_2020

    2. Steve Gold

      Didnt know that 60k people dies every year in the US from mass shootings like they do in drug related homicides in mexico...

    3. David Diamond

      32,000+ murders in Mexico in a year vs 21,000 in the US in a bad year, and the US has almost 3x the population of Mexico. On a per capita basis, you’re more than 4x as likely to die by murder in Mexico than the US.

      https://www.statista.com/statistics/191134/reported-murder-and-nonnegligent-manslaughter-cases-in-the-us-since-1990/

      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-violence-idUSKCN24L1XL

    4. Eskimo Guest

      Comparing death statistics to make it look less alarming sounds like the works or Hitler, Rwanda, or NRA.

      Who do you work for @David?

    5. Steve Gold

      We are comparing and using facts and statistics to show how your comment makes no sense and how your comment is incredibly worthless. But let me give you credit for ignoring facts and shifting the narrative and conservation when you clearly lost the argument and have no ground to stand on.

    6. BBK New Member

      Please, those are numbers and statistics, you know.. as numbers don't lie leftist hates them. They hate the US with their guts (yet they aren't dumb enough to ever leave) and always the US will be worse than anything in they rethoric.

  14. Alonzo Gold

    Isn't Mexico on the do not travel list right now? I believe they're a level 4.

  15. D3kingg Guest

    Not to worry. The White House will release a statement today telling US citizens in Mexico concerned about their safety to contact Hyatt customer relations.

    1. stogieguy7 Gold

      Based on how they did in Afghanistan, Hyatt customer service would definitely be the better ones to call if you have a safety issue.

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David Diamond

32,000+ murders in Mexico in a year vs 21,000 in the US in a bad year, and the US has almost 3x the population of Mexico. On a per capita basis, you’re more than 4x as likely to die by murder in Mexico than the US. https://www.statista.com/statistics/191134/reported-murder-and-nonnegligent-manslaughter-cases-in-the-us-since-1990/ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-violence-idUSKCN24L1XL

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MikeFreebie Guest

Probably not enough security to confront commandos storming the beach with automatic rifles… just a guess though.

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Eskimo Guest

If we had high resolution smartphones and broadband internet, we would have know what happened on United 93.

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