TEGUCIGALPA – At least two people died and six suffered gunshot wounds outside National Stadium in Tegucigalpa after a soccer match between first division powers Olimpia and Motagua.
One victim of Sunday’s violence was identified by family members as Jorge Edgardo Cruz Sierra, 35, radio HRN said, while the other’s name was unknown.
Fire Department spokesman Oscar Triminio told reporters that six people were taken to the public Teaching Hospital and were being treated “for gunshot wounds,” two of them in their vital organs.
Nonetheless, more than 10 people could have been injured, according to media outlets.
Triminio said that, according to preliminary reports, “there was a clash at the stadium exit between groups of supporters” of the two soccer clubs.
The press said police used tear gas and live rounds to subdue the gun-wielding brawlers.
Some accounts say that those who provoked the incident had not entered the stadium but were waiting outside for the fans to start leaving.
Police had searched those entering the stadium, since on previous occasions there had been clashes between Olimpia and Motagua fans.
Triminio said that many of the fans, including women and children, took refuge in Tegucigalpa’s main fire station, located near National Stadium.
The violence came amid tensions in Honduras arising from the June 28 coup that ousted elected President Mel Zelaya, who has set up camp on his country’s border with Nicaragua. EFE