Police outside the bar where this morning's shooting occurred. Police outside the bar where this morning's shooting occurred.

Music festival shooter was after one person

Attorney General said victim was part of the security team at the Playa del Carmen event

The shooter in a Playa del Carmen nightclub this morning had entered the bar for the sole purpose of killing one person, the Attorney General of Quintana Roo said this afternoon.


Miguel Ángel Pech Cen said that conclusion was reached after officials reviewed security video from within the Blue Parrot, where five people were killed and 15 wounded between 2:00 and 3:00am.

The shooter’s victim was identified by Pech as a Mexican and one of the security personnel working for the BPM Festival, an international electronic music festival that was wrapping up last night in the Riviera Maya city.

Two other security personnel were also killed, a Canadian identified as Kirk Wilson and an Italian, Pessina Daniel. Two others had not yet been identified as of this afternoon.

Eight of the wounded have been released from hospital while the rest are being treated for multiple bullet wounds.

The Attorney General said it appeared there were “a lot of people carrying arms” in the club, and that many of those wounded were hit when security personnel were attempting to shoot the attacker. The latter escaped, he said, and may have been assisted by a taxi in getting away.

Pech said earlier in a television interview that another line of investigation concerned a possible dispute over extortion payments or a territorial disagreement between crime gangs.

A bulletin issued earlier today by the Attorney General’s office said it was also investigating another possible exchange of gunfire at the club last night.

A witness who was in another bar nearby told the newspaper Milenio he heard 17 gunshots.

Source: Milenio (sp), El Universal (sp)

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  • Güerito

    The other gunshots they’re investigating came from another club nearby, not the Blue Parrot.

    It’s looking more and more like this bar was a place where drugs were openly sold, and the killing was related to a dispute over drug sales, or the right to sell drugs at that bar. Of course, cartels are heavily involved in even the retail sales of drugs in bars such as these – and generally in Mexico.

    • kyle

      Wow, its hard to believe someone can get their facts as wrong as you have. There were MANY shots inside the club, I was there. 2 Gunmen walked in the side door and opened fire into the crowd. Three gunmen went in the front and thats where the canadian was killed. This story of it being a targeted shooting is bullshit propaganda being spun to save the tourism industry. Fuck that. Tell the truth

  • Güerito

    A narco message from Los Zetas appeared this morning near the bar where the attack took place.

    It says the attack occurred because one of the Canadian co-founders of the BPM (Phillip Pulitano) was doing business with two other cartels, rather than Los Zetas. The message is signed by “El Fayo” a known “old school” Zeta:




  • Ali Song

    God Mexico is such a shithole

    • Francis Dryden

      There are places you do NOT go to everywhere… however, only a small percentage of Mexico is resorts and that’s where a large percentage of the problems occur. If you have travelled to any of the “beaches” in Mexico you have seen nothing of this wonderful country.

      • mikegre

        From Mexico News Daily | Tuesday, December 6, 2016

        IQ is destiny………..

        The results of the latest international student tests are out, with Mexican students continuing to languish at the bottom of the list of member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

        They obtained an average score of 416 points in the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, while across the OECD the average is 492.

  • Rob Mellors

    You must be joking! The hitman must have been the worst shot in the world to kill five, wound fifteen and we’re expected to believe that he was targeting one person? Mind you, you could also argue he just wanted to make absolutely sure!

  • RTL

    I just hope this is the end of the BPM and similar drugfests.

  • GOPerson

    A couple of weeks in the slammer for people buying drugs.

  • Güerito

    You need to read more closely. The article above says:

    “A bulletin issued earlier today by the Attorney General’s office said it was also investigating another possible exchange of gunfire at the club last night.”

    The article above is incorrect on that point. Authorities were investigating gunfire at a DIFFERENT club nearby. My pointing this out in no way denies that there was a lot of gunfire in the Blue Parrot. Indeed, I made comments in earlier posts indicating that more than one gunman fired in the Blue Parrot, and that the killings were linked to cartel extortion/narco retails sales.

    See my comments here: https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/5-killed-in-shooting-at-music-festival/