Site of yesterday's shooting in Los Cabos. Site of yesterday's shooting in Los Cabos.

3 people murdered on beach in Los Cabos

Palmilla beach shooting capped off a violent weekend in the state

Violence in Los Cabos extended to the beach yesterday when gunmen killed three people and wounded two others, causing panic among tourists.

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Armed men arrived at about 2:00pm at Palmilla beach, located between San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, and opened fire on what appeared to be a family gathering.

Police said the beach was crowded with tourists, both Mexican and foreign, and was evacuated after the shooting, which came at the end of a violent weekend in Baja California Sur, where there were 11 homicides reported, nine of those in the resort destination of Los Cabos.

Palmilla is one of the most popular beaches in Los Cabos, considered by residents as one of the few beaches left which the public can access freely and enjoy. It is one of three beaches in the area that have the Blue Flag designation for water quality and safety.

After yesterday’s shooting, residents poured their concern on to social media, lamenting that such an attack could happen in broad daylight in an area frequented by families. Some warned it would have negative consequences for the resort area as a whole.

Two people were shot dead in the Vista Hermosa and La Ballena neighborhoods on Friday and four more were killed the following day in the neighborhoods of La Ballena, 1 de Mayo and El Zacatal and in the El Tule zone.

Elsewhere in the state there was one murder in the La Paz neighborhood of Navarro Rubio and another on Sunday in the municipality of Comondú.

Source: El Universal (sp)

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  • S L Andrew Palms

    Interesting, you put the top drug kingpin in Mexico in jail and violence ensues.

    • Tony Wayne Skaggs

      Actually it is like regime change now the struggle to who is going to control the cartels is on and it will continue to escalate till someone or one cartel puts their fist on top of all others it’s all about greed but I still feel safer then going to Vegas

      • Nookster Black

        Come on man, I’ve been living in Vegas since the 70’s. I don’t know anyone “personally” that has been killed here in all my years. Killings happen in every major city in America, but to equate it with the drug war in Mexico is ridiculous. I’ve been driving down and through Baja for decades and its always been safe for me. But the last few years have gotten crazy compared to the past. I definitely wouldn’t take my grand kids there on a vacation now. There are too many other safe places to go.

  • Stylez

    Good advertisement for the tourist industry.

  • djr4nger

    Truly sickening.

  • delmaracer

    Cabo and San Jose del Cabo represent a truly international tourist investment mecca. Five star hotels occupy the prime real estate there. Palmilla is (was) one of those locations. The abject failure of the Mexican Government in allowing the drug cartels to grow and corrupt untold numbers of Mexican Government officials. Areas that were once SAFE, are no longer. What money from other countries is going to put up with this lawlessness and a compromised rule of law and order? This is beginning of the end of international tourist investment money. The golden goose has laid an egg.

    • BD

      Geez, just like the US Government fails to prevent organized crime from growing. Is this also the end of the US? Crime will happen, there are bad people out there who don’t care about you. Los Cabos is every bit as safe as LA or Miami.

      • delmaracer

        The point I was making was that crime prevention a very difficult situation, and largely depends on the belief system of the person. When was the last time that 3 people shot and killed on a beach in Cabo? When was the last time that 9 out of 11 homicides occurred in Baja Sur. International money will not put up with this. That’s all I am saying. And yes, I have lived, full time, in Baja for 9+ years.

        • BD

          Delma, I’m not being snarky. Los Cabos had nearly 1,000,000 visitors in 2016. Of the 11 homicides you refer to, ZERO were tourists. The murder rate in Los Cabos is a tiny fraction of LA, or Chicago, or NY, or Miami. The point I am making… don’t blow things out of proportion… and yes, I have lived in Baja full time for longer than you.

          • delmaracer

            I am glad that you feel real save there. You’re welcome. It’s just a matter of time. Even San Miguel De Allende is experiencing homicides at a rate that is unheard of in the past 75 years or so. If I had a piece of paradise, I too would defend it to the death.

  • Inthestandsfan

    I have been at the scene of these cartel clashes and it is not much of a vacation. The locals will say if you just stay away from the drugs you will be fine. The 15 year old boy that the cartel sends next may only have a picture of the person he is to find and hit on his cell phone. You hope he is a good shot and has a decent photo otherwise you have just became another unlucky tourist. This situation is prevalent in most all the beach towns now. It appears unlikely that the government is going to able to control the violence and we really can only guess how much of the information that journalists are actually reporting. The military would already be in control if that was a possible solution. I love Mexico and it greatly saddens me to see this country slipping into another Columbia. We can now spend our time affixing the blame or face the fact that this is a war that we must stop, and no one wants another intervention.

    • Clarke

      First it is always sad when there is violence and someone dies regardless of who and what they are!! But it would be helpful to stay on point, palmilla is a high end resident and hotel area but the beach is a local fisherman hangout where when crowded with tourists can be upwards of 10 to 15 people on a crazy crowded day. the violence here is so far from main stream we ReLIE on the internet to tell us how BAD it IS!!! not to down played but Narco business that has been going on in Cancun and Playa for 20 years and I understand it has STUNTED their growth to
      about 25% a year!!!!!!!! Thank god we are not Chicago or St LOUIS or every fucking US city PRAY FOR us PLEASE…….not down playing anything just trying to tell the truth and put it in perspective…Love Bali beautiful country LOTS of Drugs and Violence???

    • delmaracer

      A lot of points to ponder. Well stated. As a full time resident of Baja, I too love Mexico. It’s too bad that the Government us unlikely to control this violence, which has been out of control for way too long, as it it. Have they lost this war? Is Mexico the next Columbia? I pray not.

  • Inthestandsfan

    I have been at the scene of these cartel clashes and it is not much of a vacation. The locals will say if you just stay away from the drugs you will be fine. The 15 year old boy that the cartel sends next may only have a picture of the person he is to find and hit on his cell phone. You hope he is a good shot and has a decent photo otherwise you have just became another unlucky tourist. This situation is prevalent in most all the beach towns now. It appears unlikely that the government is going to be able to control the violence and we really can only guess how much of the information that journalists are actually reporting. The military would already be in control if that was a possible solution. I love Mexico and it greatly saddens me to see this country slipping into another Columbia. We can now spend our time affixing the blame or face the fact that this is a war that we must stop, and no one wants another intervention.

  • Pesobill

    Hmmm.. Crime ghetto with palm trees.. No thanks.. Cabo was nice 25 years ago before the crime, crowds and wacked out gringos came in. Now it is a dirty, dysfunctional mess.. Glad I saw it when it was pristine..

  • BluePhoton

    FWIW: I was in Cabo San Lucas last month with my family – we felt reasonably safe – I have some level of “street awareness” and the main tourist areas seemed fine. Not sure of these areas of San José del Cabo.

    BTW: For comparison, back in 2011, we went to Acapulco for a business conference. That place was scary – streets quickly became deserted each evening. The weekend after we left, something like 4 decapitated bodies were found on the main street. Never going back.

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