Scary moment: Nightclub patrons crawl on floor after Canadian woman shot in Mexican resort town of Playa del Carmen
- Nawanjali S, a Canadian tourist, was shot and injured in the left at a nightclub in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on Thursday.
- The woman was treated at a local hospital and released voluntarily.
- The shooter, a 36-year-old man, was arrested moments after the incident; the Quintana Roo state attorney general’s office said police were investigating
This is the moment frightened patrons crawl on the floor of a nightclub in the Mexican beach town of Playa del Carmen after a gunman opened fire and injured a Canadian woman.
The victim, identified by local media as Nawanjali S., was shot in the left leg in Prana after midnight on Thursday.
Nawanjali suffered a panic attack following his non-life-threatening injury and was taken to Amerimed Hospital, the Quintana Roo state attorney general’s office said.
She was treated at the medical center and discharged after requesting voluntary release.
Patrons are seeking shelter after a Canadian woman was shot dead at a Playa del Carmen nightclub on Thursday. Authorities announced the arrest of the shooter, a 36-year-old Mexican national, but did not provide a motive for the shooting.
Police in the Mexican resort town of Playa de Carmen arrested a 36-year-old man on Thursday in connection with the shooting of a Canadian woman at a nightclub.
The shooter, a 36-year-old resident of the southeastern state of Tabasco, was captured several blocks from the bar.
The suspect, who had identity cards bearing two different names (Carlos and Raúl), was in possession of a firearm reserved for military use.
It is unclear why the man opened fire on the club.
The shooting comes after a suspected Mexican drug dealer was shot dead on a street in June. Two innocent bystanders from the United States were shot and injured.
Quintana Roo recorded 420 homicides in 2023, according to data released by the Department of Public Safety and the Department of Public Safety.
Police and military guard the perimeter of a nightspot in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where a Canadian woman was shot in the leg. The victim was treated at a local hospital and released
A patron lies on the floor after the shooting of a Canadian tourist at a club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on Thursday.
In March, the Texas Department of Public Safety warned Americans of the dangers of visiting Mexico and asked them to reconsider their travel plans.
“Drug cartel violence and other criminal activity currently pose a significant threat to the safety of anyone entering Mexico,” DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a statement. “We have a duty to inform the public about travel safety, risks and threats. Given the volatile nature of cartel activity and the violence we are seeing there, we urge individuals to avoid travel to Mexico at this time.
Despite this warning, Americans and visitors from around the world continue to make Playa del Carmen, neighboring Cancun and Tulum, and other Mexican destinations their favorite destinations when it comes to booking their next vacation.
Robert Almonte, former U.S. marshal for the Western District of Texas and retired deputy chief of the El Paso Police Department, told DailyMail.com in March that Americans should consider boycotting all travel to Mexico because the government of this country is not interested in fighting violence.
“At the end of the day, when someone makes the decision to go to Mexico for any reason, you’re risking your life. It’s just a dangerous place,” he said. “I tell people don’t go to Mexico. I advocate boycotting Mexico. I tell people don’t go to Mexico. Don’t go in seaside resorts. Let’s send a message to the Mexican government: they must get this situation under control.
“At the moment they don’t care because it’s business as usual. It seems like we don’t care, we ignore the situation.