5 People Killed, 15 Injured in Shooting at Mexican Nightclub

A general view of BPM 2016 at the Blue Parrot before the shooting. (Victor Chavez/WireImage)
A general view of BPM 2016 at the Blue Parrot before the shooting. (Victor Chavez/WireImage)

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 several of the dead appear to have been part of the security detail at the 10-day BPM electronic music festival.

Miguel Angel Pech said the shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. at the Blue Parrot nightclub, one of the BPM Festival’s venues in Playa del Carmen, just south of Cancun.

Pech said a lone gunman apparently entered the nightclub and began to exchange fire with another person inside. Festival security personnel tried to stop the shooting and came under fire.

Pech said it was not any kind of terrorist attack.

But 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, one seriously. He said five of the injured 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.

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SOURCE: The Associated Press, The Hollywood Reporter