Two killed in Tulum restaurant shooting

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Two men were killed and a third was injured on Saturday, October 15th, after members of suspected rival drug cartels opened fire at a popular Mexican beach resort, officials say. 


Two men were killed and a third was injured Saturday night after members of suspected rival drug cartels opened fire at a popular Mexican beach resort, officials say. 

Shots were reported around 8:30 p.m. at the Art Beach Restaurant, which sits along the Mayan Riviera near Tulum’s hotel zone.  

Quintana Roo State Attorney General said it had opened an investigation into the shooting. It identified the injured victim as “L.A.A.C., aged 24” but did not provide more details. 


Mexico’s Quintana Roo state, where Cancun is located.

Quintana Roo State Attorney General said it had opened an investigation into the shooting. It identified the injured victim as “L.A.A.C., aged 24” but did not provide more details. 


Quintana Roo, which includes tourist hotspots like Cancun, Tulum, Cozumel, and Playa del Carmen, is far from Mexico’s most dangerous area, statistically speaking.

However, the State Department warns that Americans visiting the region should “exercise increased caution” due to crime and kidnapping.


“Criminal activity and violence may occur in any location, at any time, including in popular tourist destinations,” the State Department warns. “Travelers should maintain a high level of situational awareness, avoid areas where illicit activities occur, and promptly depart from potentially dangerous situations. U.S. citizens and [lawful permanent residents] have been victims of kidnapping.”

As post-pandemic travel restrictions have wound down, alarming incidents in some of Mexico’s most desirable vacation beaches have shocked travelers.

Wide shot of summer day in cancun
A Cancun, Mexico, beach during summer.

Nine days after Jackson said he was attacked, a shooting in Tulum left two men dead and another wounded at the waterfront Art Beach Restaurant.

A cartel gunbattle in Cancun last December resulted in no injuries but left guests fleeing an all-inclusive beach-side resort in a panic. Gunmen on personal watercrafts jetted up to the shore near Grand Ocean Palm resorts and opened fire on rival drug dealers.