Five people have been killed and 15 injured after a gunman opened fire in a nightclub in Cancun, Mexico, during a music festival.

 

Highlights

  • The shooting broke out at an electronic music festival
  • Two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian were among the dead
  • A woman was trampled to death in the stampede

Details

The shooting broke out at an electronic music festival that had drawn visitors from around the world to the beach resort city.

Video of the aftermath posted on social media showed frantic club-goers rushing into the street as rescuers arrived.

Two Canadians, an Italian and a Colombian were among the dead, state prosecutor Miguel Angel Pech Cen told reporters.

‘Everyone started screaming’

“I heard what sounded like firecrackers. Everyone started screaming and running for cover,” said Andrew Badecker, who was outside the Blue Parrot club when the shooting began.

People climbed over a fence behind the club to escape, the professional poker player said.

“I was trying to help people over,” he said. “I was worried someone would get trampled.”

In fact, a woman was trampled to death in a stampede of people rushing out of the club, the state prosecutor said.

Several victims were found dead on the beach outside, he said.

Of the 15 people injured, seven remained hospitalized Monday morning. Authorities haven’t released the nationalities of all the victims. Five Mexicans, four Americans, two Canadians and a Colombian were listed among the wounded.

A preliminary investigation indicates that the shootout began when members of event security tried to stop a person who entered the club with a firearm.

Authorities are interrogating three people, the state prosecutor said, but it’s unclear whether they were involved in the shooting.

NP/CNN

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