Update – 7:53 AM
Statement from the BPM Festival:
It is with great sadness to share that police have confirmed reports of a lone shooter outside the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa Del Carmen earlier today, which resulted in four fatalities and twelve injured. 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 BPM Festival has been working closely with the local authorities (Seguridad Publica / Policia Turistica) throughout the festival to ensure public safety and security for all visitors. 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.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families and all those affected by these tragic events.
The BPM Festival Familia
According to the LA Times, “Rodolfo Del Angel, director of police in the state of Quintana Roo, where Playa del Carmen is located, confirmed five people were dead and said 15 were injured.
Del Angel told the Milenio TV station that the shooting was the result of “a disagreement between people inside” the nightclub and said security guards had come under fire when they tried to contain the dispute.”
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The above tweet posted by the BPM Festival has since been deleted however we can confirm that all parties were shut down at the festival tonight.
Information is still forthcoming but social media reports indicate that there was a reported shooting at the Blue Parrot nightclub, most likely drug cartel related.
We have confirmed with people in Playa del Carmen the party shutdown and and dj Jackmaster tweeted this:
Someone has come into the club in Playa Del Carmen and opened fire. 4-5 dead and many wounded. Stay in ur f*ckin hotel if you’re here at BPM
— JACKMASTER (@jackmaster) January 16, 2017
Video in the rear of the club on the beach after the shooting:
— Tommie Sunshine (@tommiesunshine) January 16, 2017
Video from the street nearby:
— Pipe Llorens (@pipellorens) January 16, 2017
Video from club across the street just after the shooting showing people fleeing:
— Marcos A. Vazquez (@weirdmarcos) January 16, 2017
Update from dj Dubfire:
Apparently there was a shooting at Blue Parrot. We were in the DJ booth at the time. It was total chaos. We’re ok. Hope everyone else is…
— Dubfire (@dubfire) January 16, 2017
We believe this is the owner of the Blue Parrot being consoled at the end of the video:
— MauroMC (@DJMauroMC) January 16, 2017
This is an ongoing story and will update once we have confirmed details.