5 dead, several injured after gunman opens fire outside nightclub in Mexico

Mexican resort shooting kills 5 panics festival-goers

The general attorney's office of Quintana Roo state, home to both resorts, said on Monday the shooting was reported at 2:28 a.m. local time (08:28 GMT).

"He was a true professional". He said he ran into a bathroom and hid with others.

"He was the guy you called in when you needed that extra element of reinforcement, he just knew how to handle anyone in the nicest way possible", Fatah said.

More than a dozen others were injured.

Four people were arrested on suspicion of being involved in the incident.

Staff at Mixmag, who were attending the festival, said shots had been fired at the Blue Parrot club during a closing party.

A shooting erupted during an electronic music festival at a Mexican beach resort early Monday, leaving five people dead, including one in a stampede as revellers fled in panic. In an official statement on the BPM Facebook page, organizers confirmed that four people had been killed, "including three members of the BPM security team", and 12 people were injured.

Pech said a lone gunman entered the nightclub and exchanged gunfire with another person inside. He said a Colombian and an Italian were were among the victims killed.

Media industry worker Hector Escardo arrived with his girlfriend at the Blue Parrot only five minutes before the gunman opened fire. Pech says that 20 shell casings from three separate pistols were found at the scene.

The shots set off a rush for the exits that accounted for at least some of the injuries. Another 15 people were injured, including two USA citizens. At least 15 other people were injured during the shooting, including two USA citizens and a Mexican woman who was seriously injured, Pech said.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with all the victims and their families and all those affected by these tragic events".

The event's security team chose to let them enter so as to avoid conflict with the men, the organiser said, adding that there were now cells from all the major Mexican cartels operating in Quintana Roo, a wealthy region full of tourists. Local news reports suggested that the shooting was connected to ongoing drug cartel wars in the area.

The festival said organisers worked with local authorities throughout the event to ensure public safety and were cooperating with the investigation.

"Apparently there was a shooting at Blue Parrot".

"This is a very very sad situation".

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