BPM Festival Shooting Kills 5, Injures 15
The 10-year anniversary of the BPM festival was supposed to be special.
With the festival celebrating double digits from January 6th-15th at Playa Del Carmen, a coastal resort town in Mexico, BPM fest offered goers a diverse selection of headlining talent for the ten-day event, with featured DJs including the likes of Gorgon City, Maceo Plex, Marco Carola, and Dubfire among others.
Festival goers flocked to The Blue Parrot—a participating venue of the BPM festival—for the BPM fest’s closing party expected a concluding night of final fun, albeit an evening out that took a deadly turn. Five people are reported dead—four men and one woman, all BPM employees—and fifteen others injured following a shooting at The Blue Parrot that took place in early morning hours at the club.
According to prominent U.K. news source, The Guardian, the shooting was the result of a “disagreement” between people inside the club that swiftly escalated. Security guards were met with violence in their efforts to contain the dispute as it began. Although recent media reports have attributed the shooting as being related to drugs, this suspicion currently remains unconfirmed. Officials emphasized that the violence was not the derivative of terrorism.
Clubbers were supposedly told that the initial shots fired around 2:30 AM were fireworks. Once news that a lone gunman was present circulated among club goers, Blue Parrot attendees fled the club, encouraged to take cover in their hotels. The gunman remains at large, identity unknown.
The shooting naturally comes as a shock; a popular club for music and dancing, The Blue Parrot appeared a perfect location for the festival’s closing party, the festival having attracted visitors from all over the world to Playa Del Carmen. Many attendees of the “This Is The End” party hosted at the club are believed to be British and American tourists. Rumors have swirled about a second shooting at another club hosting a closing party, The Jungle, but there are few details currently available about the report.
While club shootings are fairly common in Mexico—often linked to drug violence and interaction—the shootings convey that club security standards must be tightened in the wake of recent violence, including more thorough pat downs and intensive security checks. The BPM club shooting is jolting due not only to the overwhelming violence demonstrated in the shooting, but in the shooting’s relative universality: festival goers might recognize that the incident could just as easily have taken place at any major club event in any major city in the U.S. as well, a reality that might induce club security to enforce stronger security standards.
BPM has released an official statement regarding the shooting, which may be read below.