Mexico to deploy national guard to Cancun following shootings in tourist area

This article is over 3 months old ‘High risk’ evacuations for San Ysidro are reportedly also underway Mexico to deploy national guard to Cancun following shootings in tourist area A national guard unit will…

Mexico to deploy national guard to Cancun following shootings in tourist area

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‘High risk’ evacuations for San Ysidro are reportedly also underway

Mexico to deploy national guard to Cancun following shootings in tourist area

A national guard unit will be sent to the Mexican resort city of Cancun on Sunday in response to a shooting in a tourist area in which six people were injured, officials said.

The Mexican navy said in a statement that the patrol unit will help secure the area “with a high degree of tranquility.”

But the National Security Commission, a civilian oversight body, said evacuations and road closures for San Ysidro – a part of the resort city that the Navy said has been the scene of the shooting – were in preparation for those with “high risk” of jumping into the ocean.

Earlier, it was reported that the patrol unit would have a presence around Puerto Vallarta and Playa del Carmen, but it was not immediately clear if those measures were announced.

Firefighters said they were dispatched at 11am (1900 GMT) and made their way down the Avenida San Lucas. They were expected to arrive at a hospital on the resort strip at around 4pm.

Firefighters say six people were injured in the shooting. Photograph: Piedad Wauters/EPA

Agents with the navy’s fire-suppression unit were combing the beach with searchlights, and paramedics were positioned nearby.

Jorge Domene, head of the national security commission, said Saturday that no one was detained in connection with the shooting, and a motive was not known.

Meanwhile, cruise ship traffic in Mexico has also been affected by Hurricane Xolotl, which forced several boat captains to cancel trips and suspend operations temporarily.

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