Trouble in paradise sent LGBTQ guests of the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun, Mexico into shelter yesterday, barricading themselves in their rooms, closets and anywhere that was not out in the open. We now know that a shooting between suspected drug rival gangs broke out on the beach of the resort Thursday afternoon. Mexican state authorities said armed individuals were spotted in the beach area of Hyatt Riviera Cancun and reported to police “who took the lives of two men who are presumed to be drug dealers.”
But before we knew who was shooting and that they were apprehended/killed, your Twitter/Facebook feed might have been a little crazy and had you worried about some friends.
Troy Petenbrink, a Metro Weekly contributing writer, who is at the resort with his husband, told Metro Weekly that they had come to the recently opened Hyatt Ziva resort to attend an event sponsored by Vacaya, an LGBTQ travel company.
The weeklong event, which was held to coincide with the celebration of Halloween and el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), claims to be the largest exclusive LGBTQ land event, according to Petenbrink.
“We had literally just arrived and were walking to the beach when a rain of gunfire happened, and people all started running from the beach and pool area to take cover. It was chaos as people ran from the pool and beach. Many people [were] falling on the wet ground. It was slippery as hell.” – Petenbrink
Sounds like a great deal of chaos and unknown. Friends there were posting that they were barricaded and okay. Mike Sington, a former senior executive at NBCUniversal, posted a video of people hiding or evacuating, tweeting: “All guests and employees told to duck, and we’re all taken to hiding places at Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancún Resort. Active shooter? Terrorist or kidnapping threat? They’re not telling us anything.”
“He has been apprehended.” First update from staff- active shooter at Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun Resort. pic.twitter.com/aSOUsrIPv6
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) November 4, 2021
ABC7Chicago had great coverage of the incident that talks about the cause, the chaos, and the outcome.