Police: 5 Killed in Shooting at Mexico's Blue Parrot Nightclub During BPM Music Fest
The Blue Parrot is one of the venues at the 10-day BPM electronic music festival in Playa del Carmen.
A shooting attack at an electronic music festival in Mexico's Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen on Monday left five people dead, including two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian, authorities said.
The attorney general of Quintana Roo state said that three of the dead were part of the security detail at the 10-day BPM electronic music festival. The fourth and fifth victims have not been identified.
Miguel Angel Pech said the shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. outside the Blue Parrot nightclub, one of the BPM Festival's venues in Playa del Carmen, just south of Cancun. It was apparently the festival's closing event.
Pech said a lone gunman apparently tried to enter the nightclub, but was denied access because he had a gun.
The gunman began to exchange fire with another person inside, he said, and festival security personnel tried to stop the shooting and came under fire.
Pech said it was not a terrorist attack, and said three people had been detained nearby, but it was unclear if they had been involved in the shooting. "We know of another shooting incident that occurred near the nightclub, but we are investigating whether that is related" to the nightclub shootings," Pech said.
He said 20 bullet casings from three different pistols had been found at the scene, and said it was unclear if the security detail had been armed or fired any of the weapons.
The government of the township that includes Playa de Carmen referred in a statement to "attackers who fired shots," but did not provide further details.
The shooting apparently caused a rush of people heading for the exits at the beach-side club, and the lone female victim was apparently killed during the stampede.
Pech said 15 people were injured, included one Mexican woman who was seriously injured. He said eight of the injured —including two U.S. citizens and one Canadian —had been treated for less serious injuries at local hospitals and released.
He said three people had been detained nearby, but it was unclear if they had been involved in the shooting.
Rodolfo Del Angel, director of police in the state of Quintana Roo, told the Milenio TV station that he shooting was the result of "a disagreement between people inside" the nightclub and said security guards had come under fire when they tried to contain the dispute.
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Playa del Carmen has largely been spared the violence that has hit other parts of Mexico.
Canada's Global Affairs office confirmed the death of one Canadian and said it was investigating reports of another. Italy's Foreign Ministry confirmed one its citizens died.
Several festivalgoers took to Twitter to post videos and document the attack as it unfolded.
"The #blueparrot security at #bpmfestival stood up for us when there was gunfire they are the real heroes," wrote user @DonsLens.
Dubfire wrote that they were in the DJ booth at the time and that it was "total chaos" but that they are "ok." Adding, "Hope everyone else is..."
DJ Mauro MC posted a video from outside the club after the shooting and said "most of us made it out ok, hurts my heart knowing people didn't make it safe." He added that the shooting occurred inside and not from the beach, which is where the nightclub opens up to.
See more of the reactions below.
Terrible news at Blue Parrot. thoughts & prayers to everyone affected. I was there at midnight for a product showcase and left.— Sharam (@DJSHARAM) January 16, 2017
I was on the decks while shootings happened at blue parrot...me and my friends are safe. What a tragedy...— Sidney Charles Music (@SidneyCharlesM) January 16, 2017
Terrible what happen in playa del carmen,i'm safe but is horrible.— Paco Osuna (@Paco_Osuna) January 16, 2017
Apparently there was a shooting at Blue Parrot. We were in the DJ booth at the time. It was total chaos. We're ok. Hope everyone else is...— Dubfire (@dubfire) January 16, 2017
Someone has come into the club in Playa Del Carmen and opened fire. 4-5 dead and many wounded. Stay in ur fuckin hotel if you're here at BPM— JACKMASTER (@jackmaster) January 16, 2017
This is a very very sad situation. Tryna get my head around it still. Thoughts and condolences to all affected— JACKMASTER (@jackmaster) January 16, 2017
Hey guys just checking in to say, myself, Jojo Flores, Norma Avila, Steve Mularoni, Kenny Dope, Tracy Morales,... https://t.co/HBZQzHkJ2C— Mr. V (@djmrv) January 16, 2017
We are safe and sound and thankful we were back stage when shit went down at #BlueParrot tonight in Playa del Carmen— DJ ShelShock (@djshelshock) January 16, 2017
We are all safe at BPM - awful news to an amazing week in Mexico.— Theo Kottis (@theokottis) January 16, 2017