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BPM Festival ends in tragedy

Five dead, 15 injured in shooting at Elrow closing party

2017 Jan 16     
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The attack is not thought to be terror-related, Mexican authorities say

The last day of this year's BPM Festival in Mexico was marred by violence when a gunman opened fire at the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa Del Carmen, killing four people. A fifth, female victim was badly hurt in the stampede as people attempted to flee the scene and later died from her injuries, while 15 more were taken to hospital. At time of writing it is understood that five of those have since been treated and discharged.

Mexican police say the attack was not terror-related. Instead, it is thought to have begun as a disagreement between two individuals outside the club, which was hosting an Elrow party, at around 3am Sunday night/Monday morning local time (8am GMT) while Sydney Charles and Santé were playing inside. Three of those who died were members of the club's security team, "whose lives were lost while trying to protect patrons inside the venue," according to an official statement from the festival organisers, which you can read here.

The statement goes on to say, "BPM Festival has been working closely with the local authorities 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 BBC news website points out that club shootings are fairly common in Mexico, although they generally occur at clubs frequented by local gang members rather than those that cater for the tourist crowd. Those killed in the shooting include two Canadians, one Italian and one Columbian; the fifth victim's nationality has not been made public.

DJs and producers from across the electronic music spectrum have been expressing their shock and grief on Twitter all afternoon; we join them in holding all those affected in our thoughts tonight.






Tags: BPM Festival, Elrow, Playa Del Carmen, Blue Parrot, shooting, Mexico, Sydney Charles, Santé