Early Monday morning in a nightclub in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, a gunman opened fire during a music festival, fatally ending the lives of five people in attendance, and wounding fifteen others.
Just south of Cancun at the Blue Parrot Club, gunshots erupted at 3:30 a.m. on the final night of the BPM electronic music festival, an event popular with American and British tourists.
The area is famously known for tourism and is crowded in the months just after Christmas.
The shooter was allegedly shooting through an open window of the nightclub. Local media outlets disclosed that a Canadian festival participant was shot after an argument occurred about the fee of the event. They reported that six people have been taken into custody.
Two Americans were reportedly among the injured.
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In mad chaos and sheer fear, video footage illuminates people running and screaming through the streets after the first shots were heard.
Sonny Shilcock, a tourist from Essex, UK, was with four friends when the gun shots erupted. He told local media outlets of his experience that night as fear intoxicated every fiber of his being:
“I was at the front of the club but heard about five very loud bangs and thought it was part of the DJ’s set until panic spread through the crowd. We’d carried on dancing until a wave of fear went through the place and everyone hit the deck.
“I was one of the last to get out and saw one man who was clearly dead covered in a lot of blood.”
Many party goers didn’t take the sounds of bullets whizzing through the air seriously, as they believed it was part of the electronic background. Once people started fatally falling to the ground and blood pooled on the floor, the general populace ran for their lives through the empty streets. The BPM festival posted a statement stating that the act of terrorism was a “lone shooter”.
There are reports of an additional shooting at a club called The Jungle, but no further information has been released.
H/T: NY Post
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