(SOURCE) At least five people were killed early Monday in a shooting at a nightclub in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, a popular beach resort near Cancun, where a music festival was being held.
Twelve people were injured, according to local media reports.
The shooting unfolded at around 3 a.m. as club-goers waited in line to get into the BPM Festival’s closing party at the Blue Parrot.
Several Americans were reportedly among the victims. The festival, an annual 10-day and night electronic music festival, is popular with foreign tourists, especially from the United States and the United Kingdom.
The BPM Festival posted a statement on Facebook saying the attack involved “a lone shooter.”
Marcos Vazquez, 29-year-old from El Paso, Texas, told NBC News that he was with his girlfriend at the nearby La Vaquita nightclub when he saw people running by.
He said they ran into the bathroom and locked themselves inside with eight other people.
DJ Jackmaster, one of the performers at the rave, tweeted that someone stormed the club and opened fire.
A video tweeted out shows panicked club-goers running into the streets to escape the reported gunfire.
Stephen Rosado, a New York native, told the New York Daily News that he heard “at least five or six shots” and that everyone in line to get into the club was running away. He said he saw emergency personnel put two people into ambulances.
BPM officials tweeted that police investigations were under way and that everyone needed to shelter in place.