Five revellers were killed and 15 others wounded in a gun massacre at a dance music festival in Mexico yesterday, Monday 16 January 2017.
Foreign tourists, including British citizens, ran for their lives when the gunman opened fire at one of the ten-day BPM event’s closing parties.
The killer sprayed the beachside Blue Parrot nightclub with bullets after a row broke out. It is believed that the argument involved rival drug gangs.
Three of the dead were security staff who made heroic efforts to stop him, organisers claimed.
Glaswegian DJ Jack Revill, known as Jackmaster, tweeted to warn people. ‘Someone has come in the club and opened fire. Stay in ur f***in hotel if you’re here at BPM’.
Two Canadians, an Itlaian and a Colombian were shot dead at the club in resort town Playa Del Carmen, said Miguel Angel Pech, attorney-general of Quintana Roo state.
The fifth victim was a woman killed in a stampede as clubbers fled in terror from the gunman.
Three people were detained after the attack but local media reports last night claimed the shooter had got away and remained at large.
The festival was held across several venues in the resort and The Blue Parrot was said to have been the only one with no metal detectors.
US-based MixMag journalist Valerie Lee was backstage at the venue when the shots were fired. ‘We crawled under a metal table’, she said. ‘We kept hiding until they opened the back gate and we ran outside’.
According to British reports, a spokesman for the Foreign Office released a statement. “We are seeking information from emergency services in Mexico, following reports of a shooting in Playa del Carmen”.
The festival has been running for 10 years and is popular with foreign tourists, especially from the UK and US.