In the early hours of Monday, 3 American tourists were attacked in Puerto Rico after someone allegedly asked them to stop shooting in the well-known tourist destination La Perla.
According to authorities, the incident started when one of the tourists, a South Carolina resident, started filming a moving hamburger cart and was ordered to stop and left the area.
Two of the visitors are still in the hospital, including someone who was stabbed 6 times, according to the police. Nobody has been arrested.
A Delaware visitor was murdered and set on fire almost 2 years before the attack, and according to the authorities, he had been instructed not to take pictures while purchasing drugs in La Perla. His companion was also assaulted but pulled through.
La Perla, a building in the Old San Juan neighborhood of the capital city of Puerto Rico, gained fame after appearing in the music video for “Despacito,” a song by Daddy Yankee and Luis Fonsi that was released in 2017.
The area used to be a hazardous slum and was once thought to be the island’s main heroin distribution hub, but violence has decreased since a federal agent raid in 2011.