American shot at Mexico tourist hotspot amid spring break travel fears

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It was reported that an American tourist was shot dead while on vacation in a Popular spring break area in MexicoAnd The State Department was warning Americans to “exercise extra vigilance over crime and kidnapping.”

The Associated Press, citing prosecutors in the state of Quintana Roo, reported that the tourist, whose identity was not disclosed, was shot in the leg by unknown assailants in the town of Puerto Morelos outside Cancun.

Several suspects approached the man around midnight Monday before he was shot, according to the Associated Press.

The motive for the shooting is unclear, while the victim was taken to a Cancun hospital for treatment for a non-life-threatening injury.

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A dock in Puerto Morelos in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.

A dock in Puerto Morelos in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. (Daniel Slim/AFP via Getty Images)

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In a travel advisory, the State Department said U.S. visitors to Mexico’s coastal state of Quintana Roo should “exercise extra caution with crime and kidnapping” because “criminal activity and violence may occur anywhere and at any time, including in popular tourist destinations.” .”

“Although the shooting between rival gangs was not directed at tourists, it did hit innocent bystanders,” the warning read. In addition, American citizens have been victims of both violent and non-violent crime in both tourist and non-tourist areas.

It also urged travelers to “exercise increased situational awareness after dark in the downtown areas of Cancun, Tulum and Playa del Carmen, and to remain on pedestrian streets and well-lit tourist areas.”

Despite the warnings, the State Department said thousands of US citizens visit Mexico annually for spring break, with the “vast majority” traveling safely.

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A street in Playa del Carmen in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.  The US State Department advises travelers to exercise caution in the area.

A street in Playa del Carmen in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The US State Department advises travelers to exercise caution in the area. (Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

In another part of Mexico at the beginning of March, Americans in a group that crossed into Matamoros from Texas were kidnapped and murdered by a drug cartel.

the The Gulf Cartel later claimed It has dealt with the members “involved and responsible” for the incident and handed them over to the authorities for arrest.

The Americans in that incident were reportedly traveling for cheap medical procedures.

White House Press Secretary Karen Jean-Pierre said at the time, “Attacks on American citizens are unacceptable, regardless of location, circumstances and circumstances.”

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Cancun, Mexico, shown here in 2021, is one of the most popular destinations for spring break.  Puerto Morelos, where the American was shot, is located south of Cancun.

Cancun, Mexico, shown here in 2021, is one of the most popular destinations for spring break. Puerto Morelos, where the American was shot, is located south of Cancun. (Photo by Medius Way Media/Getty Images)

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador later said at a news conference that “Mexico is safer than the United States.

“It’s no problem to travel safely around Mexico,” he added.

Fox News’ Peter Aitken, Chris Pandolfo and Caitlin McFaul contributed to this report.

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