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Stray bullet kills Rio de Janeiro child in car

18 May 2016, 12:13

Rio de Janeiro - Brazilian police say a 1-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet that penetrated the car being driven by his father in Rio de Janeiro.

The incident occurred on Tuesday morning in the suburb of Sao Goncalo. Police say one of the bullets fired by gunmen following the car pierced the trunk and the back seat, and lodged itself in the head of Juan Rodrigues Morales Benites who died shortly after arriving at a hospital.

Police told reporters the gunmen, who are at large, may have thought the car was being driven by undercover police officers.

Violence is one of several problems facing South America's first Olympics, which begin in Rio on August 5.

Although venues are largely ready, the Zika virus, water pollution and lukewarm tickets sales are worrying organisers.

- AP

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