A mass shooting has rocked the Mexican resort town of Playa Del Carmen where The BPM Festival was wrapping up.
According to Quintana Roo district attorney Miguel Angel Pech Sen, five people were killed when shots were fired at Blue Parrot during Elrow’s closing party late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
In a press conference today (Jan. 16), Pech Sen said two Canadians, one Italian and one Colombian citizen are among the dead. He said uniforms indicate the dead include one security supervisor and three event security staff, and that one woman was killed in the stampede following the shooting.
Pech Sen said the shooting was not an act of terror and had started after a gunman entered the club and another man tried to stop him, which in turn led to other members of the security team to interfere. Authorities are still determining whether there is a link between the incident and arrests made later.
The BPM Festival released the following statement on Facebook today:
“It is with great sadness to share that police have confirmed reports of a lone shooter outside the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa Del Carmen earlier today, which resulted in four fatalities and twelve injured. The violence began on 12th street in front of the club and three members of the BPM security team were among those whose lives were lost while trying to protect patrons inside the venue.
The BPM Festival has been working closely with the local authorities (Seguridad Publica / Policia Turistica) throughout the festival to ensure public safety and security for all visitors. We are overcome with grief over this senseless act of violence and we are cooperating fully with local law enforcement and government officials as they continue their investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families and all those affected by these tragic events.”
A publicist for The BPM Festival tells Billboard reports of a separate shooting during a BPM closing party at The Jungle is incorrect and an official statement will be issued shortly. Clips purportedly captured during one shooting shows clubbers scattering and seeking refuge (see below).
Canadian DJ John Acquaviva, a headliner at the BPM closing party at The Jungle, tells Billboard Playa Del Carmen is on lockdown.
Scottish DJ Jackmaster, the top-billed performer at Sunday night’s “This Is The End” party, tweeted, “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.”
BPM announced via its Twitter account that all shows and parties have been shut down while police continue their investigations.
Concert-destination resort Riviera Maya is just 16 km away from the site of the shooting; Phish played the venue on the night of Jan 15.
The BPM Festival this year was celebrating its 10th anniversary.
More to come.