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Italian woman shot to death in central Playa del Carmen coffee shop

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — A woman in a centrally located Playa del Carmen café was shot and killed early Tuesday. The shooting happened around 9:30 a.m. on 48th Street in Colosio.

Police and emergency personnel were at the scene of the shooting after receiving 911 reports. Responding paramedics confirmed the death of the woman who has been identified as Ornella “N” of Italy. She was reportedly an employee of the coffee shop.

Early Tuesday afternoon, Solidaridad police of Playa del Carmen issued a public briefing saying “around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, the Secretariat of Public Security and Municipal Transit of Solidaridad responded to a report of firearm detonations on 48th Street between 5th and 10th Avenues and immediately implemented a search operation with the characteristics of the person responsible.

“Witnesses report that a male on a motorcycle dressed in a gray shirt shot the person who lost her life.”

Police were able to get a description from witnesses of the man and his motorcycle responsible for firing the deadly shots. The motorcycle was located by authorities Tuesday, but not the shooter. The motorbike was found on 20th Avenue and 52nd Street.

Late Tuesday night, the State Attorney General of Quintana Roo posted a brief statement regarding the shooting. “The FGE Quintana Roo reports that progress is being made in the investigation to clarify the facts where a foreign woman lost her life in an establishment in the municipality of Solidaridad.

“The authorities of this autonomous body announce that the motorcycle used by the aggressors of this crime was located and the search continues.”