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Tulum city council says it regrets beach club shooting

Tulum, Q.R. — Tulum mayor Victor Mas Tah says he regrets the recent shooting incident a local beach club and will follow up on the investigations to clarify what happened.

The Tulum City Council says they regret the events that took place October 31 at the Vagalume Beach Club, where two people died and three were injured.

“This administration reiterates its commitment to the safety and well-being of Tulum families and visitors, so we will continue working hand-in-hand with the government of Quintana Roo to meet their needs and prevent this type of event from affecting residents and tourists,” said Tulum City Council.

Municipal authorities of Tulum reportedly carried out the pertinent club inspection, which was operating with around 200 attendees allegedly following health protocols established by authorities.

In a Monday press conference, the State Secretary of Public Security, Alberto Capella Ibarra, confirmed that they will reinforce operations to avoid more agglomerations like the Tulum incident, which ended in a shooting that left two dead and three wounded.

During the conference, Capella stressed that it was extremely irresponsible to grant permits for this type of event, noting the operation in place since Friday that involved hundreds of police officers who were monitoring weekend celebrations.

Capella ordered Nesguer Ignacio Vicencio Méndez, Secretary of Public Security in Tulum, to monitor any requests for events and for him to intervene in coordination with the Ministry of Finance and Planning. “If the municipalities insist on granting these permits, we will go with state authorities,” he warned.

Capella said that they have already detained the two Investigative Police officers involved, calling it an “incomprehensible issue”. Both officers were arrested on orders of the Public Ministry and transferred to Playa del Carmen.

Their arrests came after two armed men were killed inside the Vagalume Club located in the hotel zone of Tulum, in a crossfire with one of the agents, Ludwic N, an action that also left two women and one man injured.

Both Ludwic N and his partner, Juan Carlos N, admitted to providing illegal protection detail during the party to an unidentified U.S. businessman. Both are under investigation by the Vice Prosecutor for Internal Affairs.