Our prayers are with Mexico at this time, after local police have confirmed that at least 5 people lost their lives and 9 more were wounded last night in a shooting at Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa Del Carmen.

The club was an after-party for the BPM Festival, so there were many people in town for what they thought was going to be a fun weekend of music and dancing. Sadly, the gunman – whose motive is not yet known – robbed them of that.

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“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,” an official post from the BPM Festival Facebook page reads. “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.”

One eyewitness was a woman by the name of Valerie Lee, U.S. Digital Editor for Mixmag. You can read her account below. We’ll keep you updated as more info is available.

Source: Complex