A Cancun mayor’s office says 34 people were injured when a party bus came under gunfire during a fight among soccer players and tourists at an all-inclusive resort.
The Mexican military has been called in to investigate the incident Friday night at the Hotel Malaga, a $185-a-night stone-paved six-story, 600-room hotel located in one of Cancun’s most popular neighborhoods.
News reports indicated the violence began when some soccer players got into a fight with a group of tourists, some of whom were reportedly camped on the sidewalk, after drinking bottles of beer. The newspaper Proceso reported that it was unclear exactly who fired the shots, but the owner of the bus that was hit was arrested.
Malaga was the site of a shooting during a competition in August, when two men armed with a gun and a knife allegedly opened fire at a bus carrying members of a small sports club.
Widespread violence in Mexico in recent years has led to calls for host cities and resorts to develop security measures designed to dissuade unauthorized guests from causing problems, such as ID checks at the doors to protect law enforcement against crimes committed by locals.
A high-ranking hotel manager on Friday said the gunfire did not injure any guests at the resort or come into contact with guests in the hotel’s lobby or restaurants. Police also denied there was any gunfire or any hostage situation.
During a raid on a bar in a separate part of the city in November, state prosecutors said they had captured members of a drug cartel behind a reign of terror in Cancun.
The report in Proceso said the group was alleged to be part of the local gang La Familia Michoacana. That cartel once ran a self-defense campaign that began in 2007 to push out rival gangs after drug traffickers were accused of executing scores of residents and dumping their bodies in public places.
The Mexican army is also investigating shootings this month that killed three people at two nightclubs.
A man shot and killed a security guard and one of his alleged accomplices outside a nightclub at the JW Marriott hotel complex in the coastal resort of Playa del Carmen in early November.
And the shootout at another hotel involved one partygoer, injuring an employee, state prosecutors said in a statement.
They declined to release further details, citing the ongoing investigation.
Also on Thursday, authorities said they had arrested 12 suspects in a series of attacks that killed three people, injured seven, and damaged 30 cars and a school bus in the touristy Zona Dorada area of Cancun.