ARMED men in boats stormed the Mexican beach and began shooting while Andrew Krot’s husband took a dose of tequila.
He left his phone on the beach, ran to safety inside the Cancun hotel with a cleaning lady, and barricaded himself inside with two queen-size mattresses, Mr. Krot to the US Sun in an exclusive interview.
Her husband, who was an artist for Vacaya, called from the hotel room.
âIt was so fast, but he said he saw men on boats coming ashore and heard the noise, the noise, the noise of the cannons,â Mr Krot said. “It was rapid fire.”
The “fast-fire” pops were cartel members unleashing a “rain of gunfire” on a beach packed with people on the week-long Day of the Dead party for hundreds of LGBTQ + travelers.
Somehow, Mr. Krot remained calm during the terrifying situation and called the embassy, ââthen the consulate, then their family members.
He drew attention to the situation in the United States with a tweet that quickly went viral.
âHonestly, I don’t know how I stayed calm,â he told the US Sun. âThere was so much adrenaline and rage, but I wanted Eric to come home safe and sound.
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“Instead of crying, I made the choice to do whatever I could to help.”
Every 10 to 15 minutes, Mr Krot said he spoke to her husband and relayed the latest updates.
One of those information relays was to call 911 and tell them which room you were in. Mr. Krot also disseminated this information to the American media.
âThe calls were quick and moving. He spoke in a low voice. And we always ended with ‘I love you’,â Mr. Krot told the US Sun.
Many performers and revelers took shelter inside the hotel for around an hour and a half as law enforcement hired suspects and first responders attended to the injured.
A total of two were killed and four Americans injured in an alleged gang-related shooting.
Mr Kroft said he finally received a text from her husband, who left his cell phone on the beach, saying it was over.
The police made arrests and the situation was under control.
“I was just thankful that it was safe, and it was contained, it didn’t get worse,” he told the US Sun.
After receiving this text saying he was fine, Mr Kroft said, “I could finally relax and focus on getting home in a few hours.”
The couple will be reunited before the end of Friday.
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