At least five dead following shooting at Mexican music festival

Shots were fired inside a club during the BPM festival in Playa del Carmen

At least five dead following shooting at Mexican music festival

Police guard the entrance of the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Picture by AP/Press Association Images

At least five people have died after a gunman opened fire at a music festival in Mexico.

Mexican police have confirmed a gunman killed at least five people and wounded 15 others at a nightclub in the Playa Del Carmen resort during the BPM festival.

Staff from Mixmag music magazine confirmed shots had been fired at the Blue Parrot club, during the last night of the festival.

In a statement on Facebook, BPM organisers said: "The violence began on 12th street in front of the club and three members of the BPM security team were among those whose lives were lost while trying to protect patrons inside the venue.

"The BPM Festival has been working closely with the local authorities (Seguridad Publica / Policia Turistica) throughout the festival to ensure public safety and security for all visitors. We are overcome with grief over this senseless act of violence and we are cooperating fully with local law enforcement and government officials as they continue their investigation," the statement adds.

The shooting was originally reported across social media, with Scottish DJ Jackmaster tweeting to warn anyone attending the festival to stay in their hotels.

Initial reports also suggested shots were fired at the Jungle nightclub in the region, but those on the ground say there does not appear to have been a second shooting.

2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the BPM festival, and this year's event got underway on January 5th.

Additional reporting by IRN