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Man shot dead metres from opening ceremony stadium

Published:Sunday | August 7, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Officials stand near the body of a man that was shot and killed near Maracana Stadium after the opening ceremony at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, yesterday.


Spectators leaving the opening ceremony of the Olympics were confronted by the body of a man shot dead near Maracana Stadium.

Eyewitnesses said early yesterday that blood poured from the body onto the road as medics tended to the man next to an ambulance.

Loud multiple gun shots were heard earlier by photographers from The Associated Press, forcing games volunteers and others leaving last Friday night's ceremony to duck for cover behind cars. A shooter was seen running from the scene and fleeing in a car close to a university parking lot.

Organising committee spokesman Mario Andrada says his group will check on this but does not have "any information on any shooting outside or close to the stadium last night."