India-born travel blogger Anjali Riot among those killed in shooting in Mexico: Report

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Mexico City: An Indian-born California woman is among the two foreign tourists killed in a shooting at the Tulum Caribbean resort in Mexico. Officials in Quintana Roo state said that one of the women killed was Anjali Ryot.

On Riot’s Instagram account, she is described as a travel blogger from Himachal Pradesh, India, living in California. It is told on the Facebook page that she lived in San Jose, California. The German woman killed in the shooting has been identified as Jennifer Heinzold.

Three other foreign tourists were also injured in a shootout at a roadside restaurant in Tulum late on Wednesday. These include two men from Germany and a woman from Portugal.

Prosecutors say there was a shootout between two gangs involved in the sale of narcotics in the area. At that time the tourists were having food in the restaurant and they came under the fire.

The gunfight apparently broke out between two groups that operate street-level drug sales in the area, according to prosecutors. The tourists were apparently dining at the restaurant and may have been caught in the crossfire.

The shooting occurred on Tulum’s Mini-Quinta, a reference to Playa del Carmen’s larger, flashier bar and restaurant zone known as Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue.

On Friday, the civic group Citizens Observatorio of Tulum posted photos of hand-lettered signs that appeared at a local market in Tulum, signed by a drug gang known as Los Pelones, roughly the Shaved Heads.

The sign said the shooting was a warning, so you can see we mean business,” adding you either get in line or we are going to continue shutting places down like the Mini Quinta, an apparent warning to pay extortion demands for protection money.