Acapulco Resort Gun Battle, 16 Dead, Tourists Evacuated

June 7, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A violent 2-hour gun battle erupted between heavily armed gunmen and Mexican soldiers in a tourist area of Acapulco, near the iconic hot-pink Hotel Los Flamingos, once owned in the 1950s by John Wayne and Johnny “Tarzan” Weissmuller.

Nearly 20 armed men holed up in a large gated home in the Acapulco hotel zone, opened fire on the soldiers and hurled dozens of grenades into the quiet street, causing panic as terrified tourists and residents took cover inside.

The gun battle lasted two hours, resulting in the death of 15 gunmen and one soldier, including three wounded soldiers and three bystanders.

The area where the shooting took place is described as a faded neighborhood reminiscent of a bygone era, once popular with legendary Hollywood movie stars from the 1950s and 60s, such as Cary Grant, Errol Flynn and Red Skelton.

As the gun battle intensified with the deafening sound of gunfire and exploding grenades rocking the neighborhood, more armed men with grenades drove to the scene of the battle and attacked the soldiers, but they died in the shooting.

Several gunmen tried to escape from the house by car, but crashed into a military blockade.

The soldiers received a surprise after entering the garage of the house and discovering four handcuffed Guerrero police officers, who claim the gunmen kidnapped them. The Mexican military plans to investigate their claims.

The soldiers aren’t sure at this point, if the gunmen were members of a drug cartel. However, the men were certainly heavily armed. The soldiers found 47 guns, grenades and ammunition stashed inside the house, as well as luxury automobiles, including a Mercedes Benz.

When the smoke cleared and the shooting stopped, paramedics arrived to evacuate dozens of frightened tourists and residents.

With the gunmen, now routed out, the tourists can resume enjoying the beautiful ocean cliffs and a Coco Locos tequila cocktail, or two or three, to calm their nerves.

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