Six people were killed in a bar shooting in Cancun after two gunmen opened fire. On March 15, the Chicago Tribune reported that 6 people were killed and another 5 people were wounded in the outskirts of a Mexican tourist resort town. One gunman had a machine gun and the other had a handgun and they both walked in to the bar and began shooting.
At this point it is unclear whether or not any of those killed or wounded were tourists. It is also unclear whether or not the gunmen have been arrested. An investigation is currently taking place and more details may be released to the media as they become available.
The six killed in the bar shooting in Cancun may have been random patrons. While the media seems to be focusing on the drug-related crime in Mexico, details of a motive are still unknown. If the gunmen were part of a drug cartel, they may have been after someone and this violence would be explained. However, based on the details, the shooting does sound random.
According to the Chicago Tribune, "More than 70,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since 2007." If this incident proves to be drug-related it is more bad news for the country of Mexico. An area like Cancun is often populated by tourists so this could also impact the number of travelers that visit the area.
The bar shooting that left six killed and five wounded follows last month's tragic news of gunmen forcing their way in to an Acapulco beach house and raping the 6 Spanish women inside.
© Effie Orfanides 2013