A GUNMAN opened fire on a beach lifeguard in a Mexican holiday spot which is popular with Brits — with terrified families forced to flee for their lives.
The shocking attack unfolded on a beach in Tulum outside the Grand Bahia Principe Hotel, which is currently included in package deals sold on the Thomas Cook website.
According to local reports, a lifeguard was shot in the leg after a disagreement with a street vendor selling jewellery along the beach front on June 3.
Images show the man lying on the floor after the bullet hit him in the knee before being taken to Playa del Carmen hospital.
The shooter is still at large having reportedly fled the scene.
Terrified Brits who are staying at the hotel have taken sanctuary in their rooms.
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Twitter user Steph asked: “Good Morning, I’m just wondering if you can confirm the safety at Grand Bahia Principe resorts in Riviera Maya? I believe there’s been a shooting on the beach?
“I’m due to arrive This week, I been told @ThomasCookUK have moved guests.”
Richard McManus, who was there during the shooting, said: “Just arrived back in UK, happened as we were checking out. Everyone running from beach after hearing gun fire.
“Heard the Lifeguard was shot. We left the hotel quickly as armed police arrived at Hotel.
“Not even a targeted attack and anyone / child could have been hit if he’d missed his target.
“The lack of interest by reception when a load of people ran into Tulum lobby saying there [was] been a shooting was worrying.”
Another person asked: “Can Thomas Cook guarantee our safety when we go on holiday there in November?”
Others flooded TripAdvisor with concerns, with some explaining that people had been moved to different hotels by Thomas Cook.
One man wrote: “This must have been very traumatic, not just for the lifeguard but for the witnesses as well. I’m sure that a lot of people are rethinking their future vacation plans.”
Another said: “What is distressing is that its the family section of the beach, I’m sure any kids who witnessed it were traumatised.”
A guest who claims to be at the hotel slammed the way it was dealt with: “Just moved hotels from the Grand Bahia Principe Tulum.