Playa Del Carmen, BPM festival, Blue Parrot, bar, shooting, Zetas, electronic music festival
Playa Del Carmen, BPM festival, Blue Parrot, bar, shooting, Zetas, electronic music festival

Gunman Kills 5 at a Gay-Friendly Bar During the BPM Electronic Music Festival

Monday morning at 2:30 a.m., during the last night of the BPM electronic dance music festival, a gunman approached the Blue Parrot, a gay friendly bar in the coastal resort town of Playa Del Carmen. The door guard turned him away for having a gun and the gunman began exchanging fire with two people inside. As a result, five people died and 15 were injured.

Police have arrested three people in connection with the shooting (though not the main shooter) and they have not declared it a terrorist attack. Instead, they suspect the attack may be connected to the local Zetas drug cartel who reportedly sought revenger after the BPM festival refused to pay kickbacks. Police believe the gunman meant to target a specific Mexican citizen killed during the attack.

According to survivors, “the shooting took place near the venue’s biggest exit, and people had to scramble over a fence to get away. Others hid under tables or behind walls around the club.” Latest reports say that eight of the 15 injured people have already left the hospital.