The triple shooting was confirmed by Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez, the region's police chief, in a statement on Twitter. Hernández Gutiérrez said one of the victims died at a hospital.
The incident began as an argument among guests at the Hotel Xcaret Mexico, the police chief said. What started the verbal altercation was not immediately clear.
Authorities released photos of the suspected gunman. The images show a man in a light-blue track suit. In one photo he is apparently pointing a handgun, and in another he is wearing a black face mask and seems to be holding a mobile device. In a third image, he is sitting on a lounge chair.
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A manhunt was underway for the suspect, Hernández Gutiérrez said.
The Quintana Roo state prosecutor's office said via Twitter that the suspect in the shooting was also apparently a guest and Canadian police informed them he was a known felon with a long record related to robbery, drug and weapons offenses.
Playa del Carmen is located about 70 miles south of Cancun.
Este es el huésped que disparó ocasionando las lesiones que posteriormente provocaran la muerte a uno de ellos, las autoridades del grupo de coordinacion despliegan fuerte operativo para su captura, cualquier información para pronta detención estaremos profundamente agradecidos. pic.twitter.com/PRDC0hhBBe— Lucio Hernández Gutiérrez (@Lucio_HG) January 21, 2022
The Associated Press contributed to this report.