ARMED men reportedly stormed a five-star resort in Cancun today as terrified Americans hid in their rooms while shots were apparently heard.
Guests ran for their lives and took shelter after being told there was a "threat to the hotel" and possible shooting at the Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun resort in Mexico.
Andrew Krop, whose husband is a performer for the Vacaya gay vacation group, told The Sun the shooting reportedly took place shortly after 3pm local time.
"They've been staying at the Hyatt Ziva resort in Cancun. About a half-hour ago, he called me and said that men had stormed the beach with machine guns and started firing.
"He ran with some friends and is hiding locked in a room right now," Krop added.
NBC Universal executive Mike Sington took to Twitter and wrote: "All guests and employees told to duck, and we’re all taken to hiding places at Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun Resort. Active shooter? Terrorist or kidnapping threat? They’re not telling us anything."
The NBC executive added: "Active shooter on property at Hyatt Ziva Riviera Cancun Resort. All guests and employees are hiding. Paramedics have arrived."
Video from the scene showed multiple guests of the five-star resort ducking behind walls, crouched on the floor and sheltering in dark rooms.
According to local reporters, the Mexican army was present at the resort moments after the reported shooting.
Paramedics were also on the scene, but no information has been released regarding casualties.
Local outlet Adn40 reports that at least eight heavily armed suspects on pick-up trucks stormed the beach near the resort.
According to local outlet Noticaribe, the armed suspects reportedly kidnapped one male victim; however, those reports have yet to be confirmed by authorities.
A room at the Hyatt Ziva Rivera Cancun resort comes with a $400-a-night price tag.
Eye-witnesses claimed men had stormed the beach armed with machine guns and started firing.
Clips posted on social media showed guests and hotel staff hugging as they sought shelter in the hotel.
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