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At least five people killed in shooting at Mexico’s BPM Festival

on January 16, 2017, 9:40am

Photo via The Daily Mail

A shooting at Mexico’s BPM Festival left at least four people dead and wounded 12 others, according to CBS News. Update: The death toll has risen to five, with 15 others injured, reports The Associated Press.

The incident took play early Monday morning at The Blue Parrot nightclub located in the Caribbean coast resort of Playa del Carmen. At the time of the shooting, the venue was hosting a BPM Festival closing party featuring performances by Technasia, Santé, Sidney Charles, De la swing, and George Privatti.

Among the victims were three members of the festival’s security staff.

Local news outlets reported that the shooting was connected to ongoing drug wars in the region, but police said the motive was unclear. Police have ruled out a terrorist attack.

In a statement posted to Facebook, festival organizers wrote, “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.”

The BPM Festival is an electronic music festival showcase that takes place annually in Playa del Carmen. More than 70,000 people attend the festival each year. The 2017 lineup featured Carl Cox, Carl Craig, Guy Gerber, Ellen Allien, John Digweed, Bonobo, Matthew Dear, Lee Burridge, and Dusky, among others.

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