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[Update] BPM festival has just released a statement on this morning’s shooting at Elrow’s closing party. The festival has confirmed that four people – including three security guards – have been killed, and 12 people have been injured during the shooting at Blue Parrot club, Mexico.

You can read the statement in full below. Our thoughts are with those affected.

[Original story] A gunman opened fire at the Blue Parrot Club Playa Del Carmen – about 40 miles from Cancun – early on Monday morning during Elrow’s BPM festival closing party.

It’s not been confirmed how many people have been killed or injured, but reports online suggest that as many as five people have been shot and killed.

It’s not clear what the motive was for the shooting, though early reports are suggesting it could be to do with an on-going war between drug cartels.

Mixmag’s Valerie Lee, who was at the club at the time of the shooting, has tweeted that “Shots were fired at Blue Parrot while we were in the building. We got out okay and are finding out more details.

“People reporting at least five bodies were spotted on the ground. Head is spinning. Friends please check in if you were there.

“4-5 shots happened maybe around 2:45-3am and ppl backstage started running. We crouched behind a wall, ppl started saying it was fireworks.

“A security guard tried to coerce us and say it was safe, then others confirmed they saw a gun and we hid under a metal table in panic.

“Maybe 5 min passed, music still playing (super loud, likely those inside didn’t even hear) and we finally fled and exited out the back.

“Friends outside near the entrance were 20ft from the shooter. Bodies on the ground. Didn’t seem like shooters tried to enter the party.

“Police took over 10 minutes to arrive. Victims likely include tourists/party goers, poss a security guard. Not clear what the motive was yet.”

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.