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At least 3 dead in beach shooting in Acapulco, Mexico

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — At least three people were killed in a shootout and confrontation with police Saturday at a beachfront restaurant in Acapulco, on Mexico’s Pacific coast.

The Guerrero state attorney’s office, where Acapulco is located, said two gunmen approached and killed two men at a beach-side restaurant.

The police then chased the assailants onto the beach, killing one and seriously injuring the other. Video posted to social media showed people running on the beach as gunfire rang out. Others seemed to be hiding behind tables or chairs.

Beach shootings have happened before in Acapulco, which has been plagued by gang violence since 2006.

In November, police said gunmen pulled up in a boat and shot and killed a man on a popular beach in Acapulco. The assailants then fled in the boat.

On the Caribbean coast of Mexico, a shooting took place on November 4 on a beach in Puerto Morelos south of Cancún, involving a squad of gunmen who killed two suspected drug traffickers.

This daytime bloodshed prompted tourists to take shelter in two large hotels where local drug gangs were apparently squabbling over the sale of drugs.

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