Gunmen Storm Brazil Hospital, 1 Dead, 2 Wounded in Shootout


A group of heavily armed men stormed a Rio de Janeiro hospital sparking a shootout with officers guarding the hospital leaving a patient dead and a nurse and an off-duty policeman wounded.

The attack took place at Hospital Souza Aguiar, one of the medical facilities recommended for tourists seeking emergency treatment during the upcoming Olympic Games, Belfast Telegraph‎ reported.

At least five attackers stormed the hospital before dawn apparently to free a suspected drug trafficker and eventually left the hospital along their 28-year-old fellow suspect, who was being treated for a gunshot wound, Rio police said in a statement. As many as 15 other gunmen were outside during the attack, witnesses told police.

Investigators were studying security camera footage, and Rivaldo Barbosa, head of the state’s homicide unit, said two of the assailants had been identified.

“This was a carefully orchestrated attack,” Mr. Barbosa told reporters outside the hospital. “It was a bold action that will not go unpunished. It is unacceptable.”

Souza Aguiar is one of five hospitals designated by the city to treat tourists during the sporting event because of its proximity to the famed Maracana Stadium, site of the opening ceremony on Aug. 5. It’s also on a US Embassy list of medical facilities recommended for travellers to the games.