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Employee of Playa del Carmen’s PlayaParq dies after being shot

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — An employee of PlayaParq, the Playa del Carmen parking meter company, died in hospital Monday after being shot by subjects in a passing vehicle.

The shooting was called in to Emergency 911 by neighbors along 70th Avenue on the night of March 1 at 10:25 p.m. after the employee, who was still in uniform, was shot while off duty. He was rushed to the General Hospital of Playa del Carmen but died Monday.

In a statement, PlayaParq identified the deceased as 43-year-old Javier Alejandro Pérez, an employee of the company. They report that Alejandro Pérez had just finished his shift at 10:00 p.m and was on his way home when the shooting took place. He was rushed to hospital around 10:30 p.m. and was pronounced at 1:10 a.m. Monday.

Diego Grácidas, representative of PlayaParq pointed out that the shooting happened one day after a public altercation between taxi drivers and parking meter employees along 10th Avenue when police were called to sort out a dispute that involved nearly 30 taxi drivers who arrived after four of their fellow drivers had their vehicles immoblizied for parking along the yellow strip.

Public Security Police and Traffic and Tourism Police arrived around 3:32 p.m. to intervene in the confrontation between the taxi drivers and the parking meter employees after numerous public calls were placed requesting police intervene due to the brawl.