5 Dead, 15 Wounded After Gunman Opens Fire at BPM Festival in Mexico

Mexican police agents patrol near a nightclub in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo state, Mexico where 5 people were killed, three of them foreigners, during a music festival on January 16, 2017. A shooting erupted at an electronic music festival in the Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen early Monday, leaving at least five people dead and sparking a stampede, the mayor said. Fifteen people were injured, some in the stampede, after at least one shooter opened fire before dawn at the Blue Parrot nightclub during the BPM festival. (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexican police agents patrol near a nightclub in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo state, Mexico where 5 people were killed, three of them foreigners, during a music festival on January 16, 2017.
A shooting erupted at an electronic music festival in the Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen early Monday, leaving at least five people dead and sparking a stampede, the mayor said. Fifteen people were injured, some in the stampede, after at least one shooter opened fire before dawn at the Blue Parrot nightclub during the BPM festival. (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

At least five people were killed and 15 people wounded when gunfire erupted at a music festival in the Mexican coastal resort of Playa del Carmen early Monday, police said.

Rodolfo Del Angel, police chief in the state of Quintana Roo, told the Milenio TV station the shooting was the result of “a disagreement between people inside” the Blue Parrot nightclub, adding that security guards drew fire when they tried to contain the dispute, the Associated Press reported.

Four people were detained, but the status of the shooter or shooters was not immediately clear. The BPM Festival released a statement earlier saying four people were killed and 12 wounded by a “lone gunman.”

“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 statement said.

The statement said festival organizers had been working closely with local authorities to ensure safety throughout the 10-day festival.

“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,” the statement said.

Scottish disc jockey Jackmaster, who was scheduled to perform at the Festival, indicated on Twitter that he was in the club when the shooting started. He said four or five people were killed and many wounded.

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SOURCE: USA Today, John Bacon