An Australian who was caught up in the nightclub shooting incident in Mexico’s Playa Del Carman has spoken of his experience.
Tim Mullen, from Perth, told 9News he initially thought the gunshots were fireworks until they came closer and fellow clubbers began to run and scream. [see video above. WARNING some readers may find scenes to be distressing]
“You could hear the gunshots getting close and then they were, like, directly behind us maybe within five metres,” said Mullen.
“I know that I ran past four victims and there was at least two others behind me that I didn’t see, where or not they are all dead or not, I’m not sure.”
According to Mexico News Daily, five people were killed and 15 wounded when a gunman opened fire at the Blue Parrot nightclub which was celebrating the end of the BPM festival – a music and hospitality industry event that draws up to 70,000 people – in Playa Del Carman.
There are conflicting reports as to the motive of the alleged shooter; whether it was about paying cover charge or some other confrontation that led to the incident which occurred at about 2am on Monday morning (local time). Police are investigating.
Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has confirmed that no Australians have been reported as being injured in the incident.
Playa Del Carman is a popular spot on Mexico’s east coast, commonly visited by tourists.