Just one week after the horrifying mass shooting in Orlando, Florida that left 49 people dead at the hands of a radical Islamic terrorist, the world has been rocked by yet another mass shooting.
According to The Associated Press, a group of armed men stormed a Rio de Janeiro hospital to free a suspected drug trafficker. They then engaged in a shootout with police officers, leaving one patient dead and wounding a nurse and a cop.
The shooting took place at the Hospital Souza Aguiar, which is one of the medical facilities recommended for tourists seeking emergency treatment during the upcoming Olympic Games. At least five gunman barged into the hospital and freed the 28 year-old trafficker, who was being treated for a gunshot wound. As many as 15 other gunmen were waiting outside the hospital during the assault.
Rivaldo Barbosa, head of the state’s homicide unit, said two of the assailants had been identified thanks to security camera footage.
“This was a carefully orchestrated attack,” Barbosa told reporters outside the hospital. “It was a bold action that will not go unpunished. It is unacceptable.”
Fabio Melo, a sergeant who was guarding the suspect in the hospital, told the press that he feels more vulnerable to attacks as Rio de Janeiro state is increasing officers’ shifts.
“People in our line of duty go through these kinds of different experiences. Thank God I was not injured and I was able to help my co-worker,” Melo told reporters. “But we are defenseless. I am defenseless, you are defenseless and the whole population, too.”
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