The tragedy occurred at 22h00 local time when the police entered the premises to proceed with the closure of the disco. Lima maintains a curfew ordered by the Peruvian government to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the Peruvian National Police (PNP), despite the ban imposed by the state of emergency, 120 people were inside the nightclub and they ran scared when they saw the agents.
The race led to a stampede, causing many of the clandestine party attendees to fall to the ground and some to suffocate.
La #PNP confirmó que son 13 las personas que murieron al salir de discoteca en Los Olivos. Frente a la clínica están los cadáveres sobre camionetas. Los 120 asistentes al ver a los agentes quisieron escapar y provocó una estampida. pic.twitter.com/SdORovltE0
"The National Police confirmed that 13 people died when they left the discotheque in Los Olivos. The bodies are on trucks in front of the clinic. When the 120 people who attended the disco saw the agents, they tried to escape, causing a stampede."
PNP Director Orlando Velasco denied to Peruvian media that the troops had used tear gas or weapons. "The intervention was carried out at the request of the neighbors in the area," he explained.
Several witnesses have denounced that the police used tear gas bombs inside the premises.
Peru's Interior Ministry stated that six other people (including assistants and PNP members) were injured, while 23 others were detained.
Proceedings are underway to identify the owners of the discotheque and those responsible for what happened so that the Public Prosecutor's Office can request their preventive detention.