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Two Canadians and Italian among the 5 victims killed at BPM festival shooting in Mexico

January 16, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Two Canadians and Italian among the 5 victims killed at BPM festival shooting in Mexico

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Mexican authorities have confirmed at least five people were killed after gunfire erupted at a nightclub early Monday. The shooting erupted on the last night of the ten day BPM festival in the resort city of Playa del Carmen, located 40 miles south of Cancun.

During a news conference, Miguel Angel Pech, the attorney general of Quintana Roo state, said the five victims killed in the shooting at the Blue Parrot nightclub, a venue hosting a BPM Festival event, included two Canadians, an Italian, a Colombian and Mexican.

In addition, two American citizens were among the 15 people injured in the gun violence. However, the condition of the two victims or the extent of their injuries remains unknown at this time.

According to reports from the Seminario Playa News, three of the victims killed in the gunfire, which erupted around 2.30am on Monday at the Blue Parrot nightclub, have been identified as Kirk Wilson, a Canadian-based security guard, Rafael Penaloza Vega of Mexico and Daniel Pesina from Italy.

Canada-based security guard Kirk Wilson (right) and Italian national Daniele Pesina (left) were killed in the shooting on Monday morning

Gruesome photos from Blue Parrot in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, show the aftermath of a shooting that left up to eight people dead on Monday night

At least 15 people were injured (one pictured above) in the incident, which occurred at a closing party for the BPM music festival

Among the five dead are two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian. Pictured above, paramedics carry an injured woman on a stretcher

Chaos ensued following the shooting, causing a stampede inside the venue which resulted in several injuries

Chaos ensued following the shooting, causing a stampede inside the venue which resulted in several injuries

Pech said lone gunmen entered the nightclub and exchanged gunfire with another person inside the premises.

BPM Festival security personnel attempted to stop the shooting and came under immediate gunfire.

The gunfire prompted a panic at the beach-side club, causing a crowd of people to run for the exits at the beach-side resulting in the death of a female victim.

Mass shooting in Playa Del Carmen.

The AG added a total of 15 people, were injured during the chaos, one remains in critical condition while five of the injured had been treated and released from local hospitals.

Pech said authorities had arrested three people nearby, but it remains unclear whether they had involvement in the shooting.

Three of the casualties are members of BPM security personnel while another victim appears to be a Canadian festival organizer.

Pech said the mass shooting event wasn’t terror-related.

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

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

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

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.

However, Pech refused to confirm the report and wouldn’t comment on the investigation, which remains ongoing.

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, BPM Festival organizers had urged people to stay inside amid “alleged reports of shots fired this morning at Blue Parrot.”

One of the 15 victims in Monday’s shooting sit in back of an ambulance

The BPM organizers said three members of their security team were killed in the shooting, which it said was perpetrated by a lone shooter. Pictured above, emergency responders investigate the scene

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.”

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.

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