Mexico City: At least five people are reportedly dead after a shooting in a Mexican nightclub on the final night of the BPM music festival.
A gunman fired shots through an open window at the Blue Parrot club in Playa Del Carmen – about 40 miles from Cancun – early Monday morning.
The club was one of several venues hosting events as part of the BPM festival, which brings together more than 150 of the world’s top DJs and musical acts. Elrow was hosting a closing party at the Blue Parrot when the shooting occurred.
Local news reports suggest that the incident is connected to ongoing drug cartel wars in the area. Police have not confirmed the death toll.
A gunman fired shots through an open window at the Blue Parrot club in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, just after 2am local time on Monday. Pitured above, a woman helps a man and woman at the scene
Scottish DJ Jackmaster issued a warning on Twitter saying, ‘Stay in your f*****g hotels’ following the shooting. The DJ, whose real name is Jack Revill, tweeted about the incident just after 3am local time.
‘Someone has come into the club in Playa Del Carmen and opened fire. 4-5 dead and many wounded. Stay in ur f**kin hotel if you’re here at BPM,’ he wrote. ‘Apparently now more shots fired at another club in the area.’
It is believed that a security guard was one of those who were shot and killed, International Business Times, reported.
A second shooting was reported at the club The Jungle, where another BPM closing party featuring John Acquaviva, Stacey Pullen and David Berrie was taking place, Mix Mag reported.
It is unknown how many people are injured. Videos on Instagram show people running through the streets of Playa Del Carmen following the shooting.
Mexican police have confirmed the mass shooting but have not given motive for the gunfire. They have not reported any arrests.
BPM Festival has said that all closing parties have been shut down as police start their investigation into the shootings.
Festival officials encouraged people to stay inside. The BPM Festival was celebrating its ten-year anniversary this year.
Festival-goer Steven Rosado, a 26-year-old from White Plains, New York, was across the street at Tribeca Club when he saw people fleeing for safety.
‘I heard at least five to six gunshots,’ he told the New York Daily News. ‘I saw everyone that was in line to go into the Blue Parrot running away.’
A witness identified only as Angel told Dazed that she was at the Blue Parrot for London promoter Elrow’s Night. She said she was at the back of the club when the shooting occurred.