Todos Santos, Mexico (CNN) — Mexico has sent troops to the country’s top Caribbean resort to protect travelers following a series of shootings at Cancun beach resorts in the past several days.
The National Guard has been deployed to Todos Santos, Guanichuato state, Mexico’s National Security Commission said Wednesday. The National Security Council, chaired by President Enrique Peña Nieto, ordered the troops to protect citizens and visitors from threats stemming from organized crime.
Todos Santos, located about an hour’s drive east of Cancun, has hosted more than 34 million visitors since its opening in 1980.
The National Security Commission said it was investigating the attacks, which have killed four people and injured nearly a dozen others since Saturday.
In the most recent incident, a stabbing Saturday night sparked a shootout at a resort near the popular beaches of Tom’s Beach and Tamarindo, Mexico.
The armed conflict started after a fight between guests of a hotel near the beach, Cancun police Chief Jose Manuel Torres-Garcia said. A woman pulled out a knife and the two engaged in a fight, which escalated to the point of the guest pulling out a gun and exchanging fire with a visitor, Torres-Garcia said.
The woman was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault and armed conflict. The man survived the shooting and declined hospital treatment. He was on vacation with his wife.
A man was shot and killed Sunday night at a resort near Tamarindo and two people were shot and injured Sunday at a hotel in the neighboring state of Quintana Roo. Authorities said they were investigating whether there was a connection between the shootings in Cancun and Tamarindo.
Toys R Us had two consecutive days of firebombings
In a separate incident, gunmen threw firebombs through a window of a high-end toy store in Cancun on Monday, Cancun authorities said. The blaze caused the store to be temporarily closed.
The owners of the store have been working with police investigating the incident, police said.
Five vandals with “persistent criminal intent” were captured by cameras around the shopping mall Monday night while they allegedly broke into the NRT Cancun Toy shop, police said.
Detectives identified the suspects from their fingerprints, and were seeking additional suspects in the investigation. No arrests have been made, police said.
Police could not say if any of the incidents were related.
In November, a man was shot and killed at the Tonner Doll and Playland mall in Tulum and another was killed at the Juan Avila de Tapia Hospital Hotel. Authorities said they were investigating whether the incidents were connected.