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Gulf cartel member responsible for shooting that killed 5 injured 15 at BPM Festival in Playa Del Carmen: Report

January 16, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Gulf cartel member responsible for shooting that killed 5 injured 15 at BPM Festival in Playa Del Carmen: Report

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Mass shooting in Playa Del Carmen.

A Mexican news portal is reporting that the gunman who opened fire at a nightclub in Playa Del Carmen was a member of the Gulf drug cartel. American and British tourists are feared among the casualties after a gunman opened fire at a popular nightclub in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico on Monday.

A Mexican law enforcement official said at least five people were killed and 15 others were wounded after gunfire erupted during a popular Electronic Music festival event hosted at a beach resort in Playa Del Carmen, located 40 miles south of Cancun, in the state of Quintana Roo, early Monday morning.

The officer who gave the information to the Associated Press, spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to give details about an ongoing investigation.

The incident transpired around 2 a.m. during the BPM Electronic Music Festival’s closing party.

Some reports have as many as eight people dead following the incident, which took place on the final night of the BPM electronic music festival

Hundreds waited in lines outside the Blue Parrot nightclub, a popular beachside venue when the shooting occurred, sending people fleeing in a mass panic.

A  gunman reportedly opened fire through an open window at the nightclub, triggering a chain reaction in the area, with people shouting and running in all directions.

The author of the attack managed to escape in the midst of the chaos and confusion, Proceso reported.

Furthermore, the Mexican newspaper reported the “five people killed were four men and one woman,” three of whom were part of BPM’s security group, one died in the hospital from gunshot wounds.

El Debate cited a local Mexican newspaper in Quintana Roo, which reported that a member of the Gulf Cartel was responsible for the attack.

According to the report, the club denied entry to several drug dealers with the Gulf Cartel and one was thrown out of the club.

The newspaper added that the cartel member later returned armed and starting shooting.

A U.K. based promoter hosted the BPM closing event and it is believed that many attendees at the event were British and American tourists.

Local reports also suggest the shooting was part of a targeted attack tied to an ongoing turf war between local drug cartels in the area, according to the Daily Mail.

Authorities have yet to officially confirm either the reports, the death toll or what sparked the mass shooting event, which took place on the last night of the festival in the resort city, which is a popular vacation destination for foreign tourists.

BPM Festival representatives confirmed in a statement that at least four people had been killed and another 12 injured, including three members of its security staff.

‘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 12 injured,” the statement read.

“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,” BPM said.

At the time of the shooting, festival organizers had urged people to stay inside amid “alleged reports of shots fired this morning at Blue Parrot.”

Police arrive at the scene early Monday morning

The streets of Playa Del Carmen were packed with tourists and festival attendees on Monday

“All BPM parties are shut down while police investigations are underway,” the festival tweeted.

Video of the shooting surfaced on social media showing terrified people seeking shelter underneath tables as pounding house music continued to blare inside the Blue Parrot, while others fled into the street screaming “gun.”

Valerie Lee, Mixmag’s US digital editor, attended the Blue Parrot party when the gunfire reputed and 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.”

D.J. Jack Master posted on his Twitter that there were at least “4 or 5 dead, many injured,” before warning those attending the event to “Stay inside Ur’ F*****g hotel rooms if you’re here at BPM”

Another witness, identified as 26-year-old Stephen Rosado, from White Plains, New York, was across the street at the Tribeca nightclub when he heard the gunfire ring out from a second-floor balcony.

“I heard at least five to six gunshots, I saw everyone that was in line to going into the Blue Parrot running away,” Rosado told the New York Daily News.

Rosado and other panicked partygoers sought shelter at nearby nightclub venues as authorities rushed to the Blue Parrot.

“We were hiding behind a bar; everybody was crouching down, “I was so scared,” said Rosado’s friend, Alina Arakelyan, of Brooklyn.

“I saw paramedics put at least two wounded people into ambulances,” Rosado added.

Mexican authorities have scheduled a press conference for later Monday morning.

The UK Foreign Office released a statement following the shooting.

‘We are seeking information from emergency services in Mexico, following reports of a shooting in Playa del Carmen,’ a Foreign Office spokesman said.

A recent travel advisory by the State Department had warned U.S. citizens traveling to parts of Mexico about the dangers of organized crime and drug-related violence.

However,  currently, there is no advisory in effect for the Rivera Maya.

The story is developing and updates will be posted throughout the day.

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