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2 Canadians injured in Mexican nightclub shooting

Two Canadians were in stable condition Thursday after being shot in a nightclub in the Mexican resort destination of Cabo San Lucas.

Two Canadians were in stable condition Thursday after being shot in a nightclub in the Mexican resort destination of Cabo San Lucas.

Foreign Affairs spokesperson Daniel Barbarie confirmed the shooting Thursday, saying only that Canadian officials are in contact with Mexican authorities.

The victims' families have been notified, but names aren't being released at this point, said Barbarie.

Mexican newspaper Tribuna de Los Cabos identified the two victims as Donguyen Ninhtrung, 26, and Michel Brenhan Spowe, 28, both from Vancouver.

It said the two men were shot at the strip club Mermaid's Table Dance early Tuesday.

Ninhtrung has come out of surgery after receiving a gunshot wound to the neck, the newspaper said. He is reportedly in stable condition.

The other Canadian man was reportedly in stable condition with wounds to the chest and the leg.

The report says a security guard and an American man who was sitting at the same table were also injured, and that the gunman fled the club shortly after the shooting.

No arrests have been made.

There has been a string of violent incidents involving Canadians in Mexico since 2007.

Bouabal Bounthavorn, 29, died after being shot three times in the head by a lone gunman last May in his Cabo San Lucas hotel room. His girlfriend, 24-year-old Masha Heikali, was shot in the foot.

Domenic and Nancy Ianiero of Woodbridge, Ont., were found with their throats slit in February 2006 at a resort near Playa del Carmen, Mexico. No arrests were ever made.

In January 2007, Adam DePrisco, 19, also of Woodbridge, was killed outside an Acapulco nightclub. A Mexican doctor blamed the teen's death on a hit-and-run driver, but his family and friends believe he was beaten to death.

In May 2007, Jeff Toews of Grande Prairie, Alta., died from injuries after he visited a nightclub in Cancun. Mexican authorities concluded he fell from the second floor of his hotel, but at the time Toews' family said his head and back injuries came from a severe beating.

With files from the Canadian Press