Bus carrying journalists covering the Olympic Games comes under gun attack
A bus carrying journalists covering the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, has come under a gun attack, with two people picking up minor injuries. Witnesses said the bus was making its way from the games’ basketball venue to the main Olympic park on Tuesday when it was targeted. The shots shattered windows and flying glass left two people with minor lacerations, eyewitnesses said. “We hear a loud noise and we just got shot at, two windows and we could see the bullet… there’s not much I can say,” Kaan Korkmaz, an Olympics Volunteer from Turkey, said.
Korkmaz said he was not aware of any apparent motive behind the attack. “I’m not a firearms expert, I just know what a gun sounds like and I would say from my experience that it was a small caliber handgun,” said Sherryl Lee Michaelson, a retired US Air Force captain working for a basketball publication in Rio.
Violent street crime in Rio has left its mark on South America’s first Olympic Games. On Saturday, a bullet hit the equestrian center, missing journalists there by just a few feet. That bullet was suspected to have been fired by a gang member trying to shoot down a police blimp or drone, officials said.