Two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian are among five people dead following a shooting and stampede at an electronic music festival at a nightclub in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, early Monday, authorities say.
Miguel Angel Pech, the attorney general of Quintana Roo state, says two of the dead appear to have been part of the security detail at the 10-day BPM electronic music festival. The nationality of a woman who died in the stampede to exit the club wasn’t immediately known.
Friends have identified Kirk Wilson, who was from the Stoney Creek area of Hamilton, as one of the dead.
Former event promoter Neil Forester told CBC News that Wilson was planning to be in Mexico for about two weeks, working security for the festival.
“He was the friendliest — the nicest guy,” Forester said. “He always put other people in front of himself.”
A spokeswoman for Global Affairs Canada said it was able to confirm at least one Canadian fatality among the victims and was looking to verify the second reported Canadian death. The department said two Canadians were among the injured.
Pech says the shooting occurred about 2:30 a.m. at the Blue Parrot nightclub, one of the festival’s venues in Playa del Carmen, just south of Cancun.
He says a lone gunman apparently entered the nightclub and began to exchange fire with another person inside. Festival security personnel tried to stop the shooting and came under fire.
Rodolfo Del Angel, director of police in the state of Quintana Roo, told the Milenio TV station the shooting was the result of “a disagreement between people inside” the nightclub and said security guards had come under fire when they tried to contain the dispute.
Pech says the shooting caused people to rush for the exits at the beach-side club. He says 15 people were injured, one seriously.
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