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Suspect in Custody after Shooting near Argentine Congress

BUENOS AIRES – Argentine police arrested the driver of the vehicle involved in a deadly shooting early Thursday near the Congress building in Buenos Aires, official sources told EFE.

Documents inside the vehicle led police to Rafael Cano Carmona, the brother-in-law of the owner of the car carrying the two assailants who fired the shots that killed government official Miguel Yadon and left Congressman Hector Olivares wounded.

Official sources said it appeared that Yadon, a coordinator with the Federal Electric Distribution Trust Fund in La Rioja province, was the intended target, as footage from security cameras showed that the attackers made no effort to finish off Olivares.

The shooters then fled, one in the car, the other on foot.

Paramedics transported the two men to Jose Maria Ramos Mejia General Hospital, where Yadon died.

Olivares, who represents La Rioja in Congress, underwent emergency surgery and is listed in critical condition. Married and the father of two children, he is a member of the UCR, one of the three parties in the governing conservative Cambiemos coalition.

President Mauricio Macri said authorities would conduct a full investigation.

“I want Argentines to know that city police and Federal Police are working and we’re going to pursue it to the end to find out what happened and find those responsible,” he said in a statement.

The president also expressed his condolences to the Yadon family.

Lawmakers reacted quickly to the shooting.

“Obviously, if the shots were fired from an auto, this was not a robbery attempt, it was an (assassination) attempt and they must have been following his movements,” Sen. Ines Brizuela y Doria, who is also from La Rioja and a personal friend of Olivares, told the TN network.

UCR Congressman Miguel Bazze, who went to the hospital, told reporters that Olivares’ assailants “were waiting for him, they called out” and then “opened fire.”

Luis Gustavo Borsani, another UCR lawmaker, said Olivares was working on legislation targeting soccer hooligans, but the lawmaker was not a sponsor and only had a role on “some committees.”

Olivares, who was elected to the lower house of Congress in 2014, is the chairman of the transportation committee and a member of the agriculture committee.

Jorge Yadon, the brother of the slain official, told the Todo Noticias network that he had not spoken with Miguel in a week or 10 days, adding that they did not come from a family that “has enemies.”

 

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