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Wed Apr 15, 2020, 04:42 PM

Gunman attacks Brazilian radio journalist Vamberto Teixeira's home in Sete Lagoas

April 15, 2020 3:35 PM ET

Rio de Janeiro, April 15, 2020 -- Brazilian authorities must swiftly and thoroughly investigate a shooting attack on radio journalist Vamberto Teixeira’s house and hold the perpetrators to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

On the night of April 9, shortly after 9 p.m., an unidentified attacker fired at Teixeira’s home in the city of Sete Lagoas in Minas Gerais state in southeastern Brazil, according to Teixeira and a police incident report that CPJ reviewed. Teixeira told CPJ via phone that, after the shooting, he went outside to see what had happened and found five bullet holes in the gate.

“I was at home with my wife, my four-year-old son, and my mother. It was really scary. And we were lucky to be in the kitchen when it happened. We heard the shots. There were five shots and the bullets passed through the front gate and reached the internal garage yard,” he told CPJ.

Teixeira told CPJ he immediately called the police’s public emergency number and a military police unit came to his home later that night, registered the incident, and took the bullet cartridges. Teixeira also said neighbors who witnessed the event told him it was a drive-by shooting. The witnesses told him that the driver slowed down in front of Teixeira’s house while a person in the passenger seat shot several times, Teixeira said.


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