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Guatemalan Authorities Say 4 Killed in Shooting

GUATEMALA CITY – Four people – not five, as initially reported – were killed on Friday in a gang-related shooting that left five others wounded, Guatemalan authorities said.

The head of Guatemala’s national police, Nery Ramos, provided the revised casualty figures at a news briefing.

The wounded include one of the assailants, who is in police custody at a hospital, the chief said.

The attack took place outside the Unaerc clinic, where two prison guards had taken jailed Barrio 18 gang leader Gerber Alejandro Calderon, alias “El Fat,” for treatment of a kidney ailment.

Calderon and the guards were standing at the entrance to a grocery store when four people got out of a vehicle and began shooting.

Killed were Calderon, prison guard Romeo Le Caal and two bystanders.

Le Caal and the other guard, whose name was not released, returned fire, wounding one of the assailants. The second guard was also struck by bullets, as were three other pedestrians, police director Ramos told the media.

Investigators found 53 shell-casings at the scene of the multiple-murder.

Police found the car used by the shooters, which turned out to have been stolen, abandoned near the scene with a rifle and a bulletproof vest inside.

Guatemala is one of the most dangerous countries in Latin America, suffering an average of 15 homicides a day.

 

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