- Men reportedly armed with machine guns opened fire at the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun resort Thursday afternoon
- Several people said on Twitter that vacationers were told by staff to hide
- One guest claims they manned the entrances to the basement and were given metal sticks and a pedestal bathroom sink to defend themselves
- Police said the shooting stemmed from conflict between members of hostile groups of drug dealers and that two people had died
- Authorities said no tourists had been seriously injured or kidnapped
Two people believed to be drug dealers have reportedly died following a shooting at a five-star hotel in Cancun that is popular with American tourists.
The shooting broke out around 3pm Thursday when men allegedly carrying machine guns fired shots on the beach area of the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun resort in Mexico, where an LGBTQ event was reportedly taking place.
Guests were told to seek shelter in their hotel rooms and barricade the doors, according to Mike Sington, a Twitter user whose biography says he is an executive at NBC Universal.
Another vacationer, speaking to CNN anonymously, said guests ‘manned the entrances to the basement and were given metal sticks, even a pedestal bathroom sink, to defend ourselves.’
Police said the shooting involved conflict between members of rival drug dealer groups. Although two alleged drug dealers were killed in the incident, authorities said ‘there are no seriously injured or kidnapped tourists.’