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Pair gunned down in targeted attack in Tulum Hotel Zone parking lot

Tulum, Q.R. — Local authorities have confirmed the murder of two patrons in the parking lot of a Tulum restaurant. The pair were gunned down in a targeted attack Friday night.

The shooting happened shortly before 8:00 p.m. in the parking lot of a popular Tulum Hotel Zone restaurant as they arrived. Witnesses to the shooting ran in terror from the packed establishment as the armed men opened fire against their two targets.

National Guard were first on scene in response to the 9-1-1- reports where they confirmed the attack and two injured people. An ambulance arrived from where paramedics confirmed both shot victims had died. They were pronounced at the scene.

The State Attorney General has said in a statement that the shooting is believed drug related, specifically, drug dealing.

In a brief statement issued late Friday night they said “the FGE of Quintana Roo has opened an investigation for the crime of qualified homicide to the detriment of two victims of withheld identity in an establishment in the municipality of Tulum.

“The first investigations establish that the events are probably drug related crimes in the form of drug dealing.

Tulum police are seen here in the company of National Guard as an ambulance arrives for the two shooting victims. Photo: March 15, 2024.

“On site were specialized experts from this autonomous organization who collected evidence to integrate into the file and advance the process so that the law is applied against whoever is responsible.”

At the time of publishing, authorities had not yet released the identities of the two people killed.