LIMA – A frustrated office-seeker wounded three people Monday while attempting to assassinate a district mayor in the Peruvian capital.
Adolfo Campos, mayor of Lima’s San Juan de Miraflores district, told a press conference that the attacker, identified as Cecilio Perez Valencia, aimed a gun at him during a public ceremony and that at first he thought it was just a joke to scare him.
“But then I did get frightened when he kept it up, and I shouted: ‘What’s the matter, pal!’ and I went ahead and kicked him – which saved my life because the shot he fired went astray and wounded a young woman on the National Elections Jury,” Campos told reporters.
Security personnel stopped the individual, but in their attempt to overpower him he fired twice and wounded one of the mayor’s bodyguards and the deputy mayor, Campos said.
The three wounded victims were taken to a nearby hospital.
The mayor said he had no idea why Perez tried to kill him because he said he has been “well received in my district,” where he has been reelected several times.
Perez Valencia was nominated in the last municipal elections by an independent movement and was known for sporting a cowboy hat and brandishing a whip, with which he threatened to punish elected officials who did not keep their promises.
Campos asked the authorities for really in-depth investigations because he was sure the attacker “was not acting alone, he’s acting for someone who convinced him to do it.”
Peru’s Interior Minister Wilfredo Pedraza told reporters that Campos will be provided with “all the security the case demands.”