At least 5 dead, 15 hurt in shooting at Mexico’s BPM music festival

January 17, 2017 | By | Reply More

At least five people, including foreigners, were killed and 15 were wounded early on Monday, when a gunman opened fire at a nightclub in Mexico’s Playa del Carmen resort during the BPM electronic music festival.

shooting at mexico music festivalQuintana Roo State Attorney General Miguel Angel Pech said a Canadian, an Italian and a Mexican were among the dead, while the U.S. embassy in Mexico said authorities had confirmed the death of an American. The nationality of the other victim was still unclear.

Pech had earlier said a second Canadian and a Colombian had been killed in the attack. One of the dead died in the stampede to leave the club, he added.

The Canadian government confirmed one citizen had died and said it was investigating reports of the death of a second.

Pech said the armed man entered the Blue Parrot nightclub around 3 a.m. (0800 GMT) on Monday, during the closing events of the festival. An attempt to stop him sparked a gunfight that drew in security staff.

The shooting spells a major blow for Mexico’s tourism industry, which has been one of the few bright spots in the economy, thanks to a weak peso exchange rate.

Quintana Roo and the surrounding Yucatan peninsula have traditionally been less violent than other parts of Mexico, with relatively few murders.

However, with many foreign tourists and a vibrant night life scene, there has long been an important local drug market in and around Playa Del Carmen, which is just south of the popular resort of Cancun.

REGIONAL CHAOS

The event’s security team decided to let them enter so as to avoid conflict, the organizer said, adding that cells from all the major Mexican cartels were now operating in Quintana Roo, a wealthy region full of tourists.

PANIC ON THE STREETS

Videos purportedly shot at the scene shown on television and social media show dancers ducking for cover and running out on the streets to safety.

“This is a very, very sad situation. Tryna get my head around it still. Thoughts and condolences to all affected,” Scottish DJ Jackmaster, who was performing at BPM, said on social network Twitter.

The BPM festival, which was entering its 10th year, has grown to be one of the world’s biggest electronic music events, with top DJs flying in every January to play the clubs of Playa del Carmen along Mexico’s Caribbean coast.

In recent years, a growing number of DJs and fans of electronic music have flocked to the beautiful, balmy region to escape the frigid European and North American winters.

Press journalist for HRO media – Ignacio Damigo reports.

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