A gunman opened fire this morning around 2 AM in Playa Del Carmen's Blue Parrot, killing at least five people on the closing night of BPM Music Festival, CBS reports. The Mexican nightclub is listed as a "gay-friendly" spot on Playa Del Carmen's gay tourist guide, though the shooting has no clear ties to the LGBTQ community, as of now.
Quintana Roo State prosecutor Miguel Ángel Pech said three of the dead were part of the festival's security detail, and included two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian. Another 15 people were injured, including two U.S. citizens. The shooter allegedly approached the club and was denied entry because he had a gun. He then began to exchange fire with someone inside.
While the shooting was not a terrorist attack, “We know of another shooting incident that occurred near the nightclub, but we are investigating whether that is relate to the nightclub shootings," Pech said.
Officials reportedly found 20 bullet casings from three different pistols at the scene, and three people have been detained, although it's unclear whether the gunman may still be at large.
This morning's shooting occured at the closing event of the BPM Music Festival, which draws fans and musicians from all over the world. DJs at the event took to Twitter to offer updates and words of mourning:
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
— JACKMASTER (@jackmaster) January 16, 2017
I was on the decks while shootings happened at blue parrot...me and my friends are safe. What a tragedy...
— Sidney Charles Music (@SidneyCharlesM) January 16, 2017