Official reports have come in regarding the deadly nightclub shooting at the Blue Parrot last night during BPM Festival in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Five have died, and fifteen injured and sent to hospitals.
The terror began around midnight PT when shots were heard at the Blue Parrot nightclub and people began running into the street in a frenzy. In the turmoil, many were injured or shot. It is believed that the violence may have been caused by the cartels.
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An official statement from BPM Festival posted early this morning reads:
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 twelve injured. 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.
The BPM Festival has been working closely with the local authorities (Seguridad Publica / Policia Turistica) throughout the festival to ensure public safety and security for all visitors. We are overcome with grief over this senseless act of violence and we are cooperating fully with local law enforcement and government officials as they continue their investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families and all those affected by these tragic events.
The BPM Festival Familia
In a later update, according to Associated Press, the death toll has climbed to five and fifteen people were injured in the event.
Local news site Semanario Playa News has released an incomplete list of names of the injured.
AT THE GENERAL HOSPITAL
1.- Héctor Estrada Rivera, 25, of the State of Mexico. It has bullet impacts on the left shoulder. Is recovering
2.- Ateel Jacobo Chavez Luna, 26, of the State of Mexico. Has Shock Impacts on right arm. It is in recovery.
3.- Wendy Isabel Ramos Pasos, 26, of Chihuahua. It has multiple bullet impacts. She was admitted to the operating room.
4.- Geovanny Amparan Zaragoza, 30, of the State of Mexico. It has bullet impacts on the eye.
5.- Isaías Montejo Sánchez. It has projectile scrap by gun in the back.
6.- Heather Parham, a 29 year old woman from the United States. It has bullet impacts on the left buttock. She was taken to ER.
AT THE PLAYA HOSPITAL
1.- Michael Angel Palenque, 32 years old. Originally from New York, United States. He has a wound in his left arm.
2.- Bria Didzo, 47, from the United States, has a wound on the right side of the waist.
3. Robert Griffin, 33, from Canada, has a wound in his left arm.
4.- Mario José Juan, 47 years old, originally from Canada. He has a wound on his right arm.
5.- Andrés Rivera, 30, from Colombia. He has two wounds on both arms.
6.- Ignacio Busto Valencia, 26, of Texas. He has two wounds on both wrists.
If any friends or family members are still unaccounted for, please reach out to make sure they are okay. Our thoughts and prayers are with the community at this time, and our hearts go out to those not fortunate enough to leave with their lives intact.