At least 5 dead, 15 hurt in shooting at Mexico's BPM music festival

January 17, 2017 01:42

At least five people, including foreigners, were killed and 15 were wounded early on Monday when a shooter opened fire at a nightclub in Mexico's Playa del Carmen resort town during the BPM electronic music festival.

Quintana Roo State Attorney General Miguel Angel Pech said the incident began when a person entered the Blue Parrot nightclub armed around 3 a.m. on Monday morning, during the closing of the festival. Another person tried to stop the person, sparking a gunfight that drew in more security staff.

Pech said staff from the BPM festival appear to be among the dead.

"Two are from Canada, another is from Italy and apparently a Colombian, according to what we've seen. But we also have information, given the clothes they were wearing, which were clothes from this international event. So we concluded that one of them was a security supervisor for the BPM and the others also had clothes that distinguished them as part of the staff of this event which is being held," Pech said.

The Canadian government confirmed that one of its citizens had died and said it was investigating the reports of a second Canadian death.

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