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Several people feared dead after shooting at BPM festival in Mexico

Several people are feared dead after shots were fired at a music festival in the Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen.

Glasgow-based DJ Jackmaster tweeted about the incident in a club during the BPM festival, which is popular with foreign tourists.

A crowd at BPM in Playa del Carmen in 2016.

Someone has come into the club in Playa Del Carmen and opened fire. 4-5 dead and many wounded. Stay in ur fuckin hotel if you're here at BPM

Videos purported to show dozens of people fleeing the scene in panic. In one, shouts of “he’s got a gun” can be heard.

 

Staff at Mixmag, who were attending the festival, said shots had been fired at the Blue Parrot club during a closing party.

There were unconfirmed reports that a second shooting was heard at the Jungle, another club taking part in the electronic dance music event.

One of the people reportedly killed was a security guard, according to unverified reports.

 

The UK Foreign Office said embassy staff in Mexico were “urgently looking into” the reports.

In a statement, it said any Britons caught up in the incident should follow the advice of local authorities. The Foreign Office issued a telephone number for anyone worried about friends or family members in Mexico.

Mexican authorities have yet to confirm any of the reports about the incident, which is said to have taken place just after 3.30am.

BPM festival’s official Twitter account said the shootings were being investigated and the event’s closing parties had been “shut down”. The tweet was later deleted.

Valerie Lee, Mixmag’s US digital editor, was at Blue Parrot and gave an account of what she saw in a series of tweets:

Mexican authorities have yet to confirm any of the reports about the incident, which is said to have taken place just after 3.30am.

BPM festival’s official Twitter account said the shootings were being investigated and the event’s closing parties had been “shut down”. The tweet was later deleted.

Valerie Lee, Mixmag’s US digital editor, was at Blue Parrot and gave an account of what she saw in a series of tweets:

 

Earlier she told the magazine: “We were in the backstage area, which is super close to the main entrance. At least four to five shots were fired.

“People started running because there’s an exit in the back. We stopped and hid behind a cement wall, then crawled under a metal table.

“Security guards at first didn’t think it was shots and kept claiming it was fireworks, saying everything was OK. Then people kept running and said they saw a gun. We kept hiding until they opened the back gate and we ran outside.”

Map of Playa del Carmen shooting

Another eyewitness, who gave her name as Angel, was also at Blue Parrot. Speaking to Dazed magazine, she said: “We heard what appeared to be gunshots, but a worker told us to calm down, [saying] it was just fireworks.

“People started getting up and again the shots started. My friends saw the shooter running across the back of the club, shooting into it through a metal rail. One of my friends saw a person shot and bleeding.

“Once the shooting stopped, we jumped over that same fence and ran on the beach about 10 blocks. We were helped by some other partygoers by letting us hang out in their hotel for a few minutes. They saw a guy shot in the head.”

 

 

 

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