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Reports: Two Dead in Shooting Outside Puerto Vallarta Gay Bar

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday October 29, 2020

Two people were reported dead following a shooting outside a gay bar in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, reports local news outlet Puerto Vallarta Daily News.

The incident took place just before dawn on Oct. 27. The bar, Paco's Ranch, was full of revelers attending a fundraiser. The trouble started with a fight inside the bar, reported Tribuna de la Bahía.

One of the people involved in the altercation left the bar, but returned a short time later with a gun and opened fire on the victims, Puerto Vallarta Daily News reported.

Few details were available in media reports. No description or identity was provided for the suspect. The victims, who were likewise not identified, were reportedly "between 30 and 40 years of age," Puerto Vallarta Daily News said. A third person was "seriously injured," the Tribuna de la Bahía report said.

Paco's Ranch, a popular gay bar, is located in Puerto Vallarta's "Romantic Zone," reports noted. Media coverage said that the event - which was devoted to raising funds to combat HIV - seemingly ignored social distancing rules, and the revelers were not using masks to inhibit the spread of COVID-19.

Puerto Vallarta Daily News pointed out the disconnect between the event and the purported lack of pandemic safety measures: "Paco's Ranch was hosting an HIV Fundraiser without following government guidelines, and assuming some attendees would be HIV positive, could be at higher risk for COVID-19."

Media outlets also noted that Puerto Vallarta is in the midst of a surge in cases, with new COVID-19 infections having increased by 25% in the space of the last week or so.

"Perhaps if the authorities had done their job better, they could have avoided the two tragic deaths," the Tribuna de la Bahía reports said, "as well as innumerable COVID-19 infections."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.