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Kiwi fled Mexico nightclub shooting

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 17/01/2017 Cassie Devoy
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The Kiwi man who was at the nightclub in Mexico where a gunman let loose said he thought it was a terror attack.

Tyler Klee, 28, was outside the Blue Parrot nightclub in Playa del Carmen with friends when, what he says was a gangfight, broke out, he told NZ Newswire.

"We heard a few shots being fired and everyone started running out and panicking . We quickly ran into a nearby supermarket then we heard a few more shots being fired so I was thinking it was a terror attack"

He says some people thought it was fireworks.

Mr Klee and his friends ran out of the supermarket where they'd taken shelter when more shots were fired.

"I had a friend who was in the back of the night club so I was fearing he was dead."

The hostel Mr Klee was staying in was nearby, so he returned.

"There were a lot of people running up the Main Street from the night club. Some friends of ours saw one dead body on their way out and a lot of blood on the floor."

A police car is parked outside the Blue Parrot nightclub after a gunman opened fire early Monday outside the venue, killing several people and injuring others during a BPM electronic music festival, according to a statement of the organizers, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico January 16, 2017. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz ... © REUTERS / VICTOR RUIZ A police car is parked outside the Blue Parrot nightclub after a gunman opened fire early Monday outside the venue, killing several people and injuring others during a BPM electronic music festival, according to a statement of the organizers, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico January 16, 2017. REUTERS/Victor Ruiz ...

He said there were so many people around that he didn't see the shooter, but "everyone was pretty terrified".

Mr Klee is in Mexico on a summer break, and says this isn't going to cut his South American trip short.

"We will be staying here. It wasn't a terror attack just gang violence."

At least five people died in the shooting, and about 15 others have been injured.

All those who died were employees of the BPM electronic music festival; two Canadians, one Italian and one Colombian.

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