A Gunman Has Killed Five People At A Club Hosting BPM Music Festival In The Mexican Resort Of Playa Del Carmen
A gunman has killed five people at Blue Parrot Club that was hosting BPM Festival, an electronic music festival in the Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen, in Quintana Roo state. Among those killed are two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian citizen, Quintana Roo Attorney-General Miguel Angel Pech said. The fifth victim was a woman who died in the stampede which followed the shooting.
BPM festival officials had earlier released a statement on Facebook saying that “a lone shooter” outside the Blue Parrot nightclub had shot dead four people.They said three of those killed were members of the festival’s security team “whose lives were lost while trying to protect patrons inside the venue”.
Local police chief Rodolfo del Angel later put the number of dead at five and those injured at 15. He told Milenio TV [in Spanish] that the shooting was triggered “by a disagreement between individuals inside the club”.
‘Shots Mistaken For Fireworks’
It is believed that when the first shots went off, much of the crowd believed they were fireworks, including the security teams that were trying their best to reassure people. Sadly however, this turned out not to be the case.
The festival, which is in its 10th year, is popular with foreign tourists, especially from the United States and the United Kingdom. Shootings in Mexican clubs are not unusual and are often linked to gang violence, but the venues targeted are normally those frequented by gang members rather than foreign tourists.