Video Credit: CEN
This is the moment a gunman with an assault rifle gets out of his car and opens fire on another vehicle in heavy traffic killing three people in the popular tourist destination of Cancun.
The shocking incident occurred on Bonampak Boulevard in the city of Cancun in the southern Mexican state of Quintana Roo, a popular tourist destination.
In the video, cars can be seen standing still in heavy traffic when a gunman gets out of a vehicle carrying an assault weapon.
Pictures Credit: CEN
He walks around the front of his car and opens fire on a white pickup truck in the next lane.
He fires several shots at the pickup truck’s windows before the driver speeds off and the gunman runs back to his own car.
The General Prosecution of Quintana Roo confirmed that four passengers in the pickup truck were hit by bullets in the incident.
One of them reportedly died at the scene while the other three were taken to hospital where two of them died and one is said to be fighting for his life.
According to the authorities, the three victims who died were from the state of Michoacan and the injured victim is from the state of Campeche.
Oscar Montes de Oca, the General Prosecutor of Quintana Roo, said the vehicle involved in the shooting had been found and added: “The only thing we know is that it was direct aggression, we are exploring all lines of investigation in order to find out the reason for the attack and react accordingly.”
No arrests have been reports and Alberto Capella, the Secretary of Security in Quintana Roo, said the attack may be linked with criminal gangs involved with drug trafficking. Capella added that no tourists had been affected by the attack.
Quintana Roo is reportedly suffering a wave of violence with over 80 murders recorded this year.
The violence is believed to have been caused by a war between the two important cartels working in the area: the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion and Los Zetas, among other criminal gangs trying to control the region.