At least five dead, 15 hurt in shooting at Mexico's BPM music festival


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least five people, including four foreigners, were killed and 15 were wounded early on Monday when a shooter opened fire at a nightclub in Mexico's Playa del Carmen resort during the BPM electronic music festival, state officials said.

Quintana Roo State Attorney General Miguel Angel Pech told a press conference that two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian were killed. A woman died in the stampede to exit the club.

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Mexican police agents patrol near a nightclub in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Ro 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. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Mexican police agents, investigate at a nightclub near the beach 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. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
View of the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Ro 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. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
A shoe remains in the beach 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. / AFP / STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Pech said the incident began when a person entered the Blue Parrot nightclub armed around 3.00 a.m. on Monday morning, during the closing of the festival. Another person tried to stop the person, sparking a gunfight that drew in security staff.

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

Pech added that 15 people were injured, of whom 10 are still in hospital. The state government said in a statement that one person was in grave condition. Four people were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the incident.

Pech said two of the dead were BPM security workers but the festival said in a statement that three members of their security team were killed. BPM said the shooting was carried out by a lone shooter.

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

See reactions to the attack on social media:

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omg I've never been so scared in my life #BlueParrot
Ahh wtf that's so scary! Hope everyone that got out of blue parrot is safe
That was traumatic. At Elrow where a whole load of shots were just fired. Sad to say people were hurt. Stay safe @TheBPMFestival
I decided to go out late tonight and boy it was a good choice given what just went down at Blue Parrot. — feeling shocked
shots fired at Blue Parrot... never been so happy to be alive.
Wow some gunmen just came into Blue Parrot and lit the club up
Tiros en #blueparrot #BPM2017 estoy bien, pero otros lamentablemente no.
#BPMFestival #BlueParrot so sad :( most of us made it out ok, hurts my heart knowing people didn't make it safe. https://t.co/t8hpT5DnVt
#BPMFestival #BlueParrot I was so close by the fence on the beach, shooting happened inside, not from the beach https://t.co/KSLhNo0NDN
the #blueparrot security at #bpmfestival stood up for us when there was gunfire they are the real heroes
Such a horrifying feeling to have to look at the pic of the people laying dead at #BlueParrot to make sure they're not your friends đź’” #BPM
"The dancefloor should be a safe place" #Shooting #BlueParrot #PlayaDelCarmen #BPM #BPM2017
Guy 5m in front of us got shot. We all jumped the fence to get out and saw at least 4 bodies down on the escape. #BlueParrot
I talked myself out of going to #BlueParrot at the last minute, and couldn't be more grateful to be alive. Please stay safe everyone
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Videos purportedly shot at the scene shown on television and social media appear to 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 Twitter.

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

In recent years, Mexico's Caribbean coast has drawn a growing number of DJs and fans of electronic music to the beautiful, balmy region, looking to escape the frigid European and North American winters (Reporting by Gabriel Stargardter; Editing by James Dalgleish)

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