Thursday, 18 Jul 2024

Canadian woman suffered gunshot wound at club in Playa del Carmen

Frightening moment nightclub customers crawl on the ground after Canadian woman suffered gunshot wound in Mexico resort city of Playa del Carmen

  • Nawanjali S, a Canadian tourist, was shot and wounded on the left at a nightclub in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on Thursday
  • The woman was treated at a local hospital and was granted her voluntary released 
  • The shooter, a 36-year-old man was arrested moments after the incident; the Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office said police are investigating

This is the moment frightened patrons crawled on the floor of a nightclub in the Mexican resort city of Playa del Carmen after a gunman opened fire and wounded a Canadian woman.

The victim, identified by local media outlets as Nawanjali S. was shot on the left leg at Prana on Thursday after midnight.

Nawanjali had a panic attack as a result of the non life-threatening wound and was taken to Amerimed Hospital, the Quintana Roo State Attorney General’s Office said.

She was treated at the medical facility and was discharged after she requested her voluntarily release.

Patrons seek cover after a Canadian woman was shot at a nightclub in Playa del Carmen on Thursday. Authorities announced the arrest of the gunman, 36-year-old Mexican national, but did not provide a motive for the shooting

Police in the Mexican resort city of Playa de Carmen arrested a 36-year-old man for the shooting of a Canadian woman at a nightclub on Thursday

The shooter, a 36-year-old resident from the southeast state of Tabasco, was captured several blocks away from the bar. 

The suspect, who had identification cards with two different names (Carlos and Raúl), was in possession of a firearm limited to the use of the military. 

It’s unclear why the man opened fire on the club. 

The shooting comes after an alleged Mexican drug dealer was shot dead on a street  in June. Two innocent bystanders visiting from the United States were shot and wounded. 

Quintana Roo has registered 420 homicides in 2023, according to data released by the Ministry of Public Security and Ministry of Public Safety. 

Police and the military guard the perimeter of a Playa del Carmen, Mexico, nightspot where a Canadian woman suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. The victim was treated at a local hospital and released

A male patron lies on the ground following the shooting of a Canadian female tourist at a club in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, on Thursday 

In March, the Texas Department of Public Safety warned Americans about the dangers of visiting Mexico and asked that they reconsider their travel plans.

‘Drug cartel violence and other criminal activity represent a significant safety threat to anyone who crosses into Mexico right now,’ DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a statement. ‘We have a duty to inform the public about safety, travel risks and threats. Based on the volatile nature of cartel activity and the violence we are seeing there, we are urging individuals to avoid travel to Mexico at this time.’ 

Despite the warning, Americans and visitors from across the world continue to make Playa del Carmen, the neighboring cities of Cancún and Tulum, and other Mexican hotspots as their favorite destinations when it comes to booking their upcoming vacations.

Robert Almonte, a former US Marshal for the Western District of Texas and retired deputy chief with the El Paso Police Department, told in March that Americans should consider boycotting all travel to Mexico because the government there is not interested in curbing violence.

‘The bottom line is when someone makes the decision to go to Mexico for any reason, you’re basically risking your life. It’s just a dangerous place to be,’ he said. ‘I tell people don’t go to Mexico I am advocating a boycott of Mexico. I am telling people do not go to Mexico. Do not go to the resorts. Let’s send a message to the Mexican government that they need to get a handle on this situation.

‘Right now they don’t care because it’s business as usual. It seems like we don’t care, we’re ignoring the situation.’

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