Sad day to admit that Cancun may be joining the ranks of other larger cities anywhere in the world in terms of firearm violence. Whenever I have visited Cancun I always traveled around thinking I was perfectly safe in a beautiful and well-monitored tourist environment. Unfortunately, I may have to re-think that position. Yesterday there reportedly was a shooting near the Riu Palace Peninsula infinity pool which involved a beach vendor and some other Cancun locals. The bullet entered the vendor’s lung and he was later pronounced dead on the way to the hospital. Needless to say there was pandemonium amongst the guests (this resort is family-friendly so a lot of frantic parents) with some Riu resort staff either denying the incident or telling guests not to discuss the matter.
I would probably avoid this area for the time being until there are more security personnel onsite.