SAO PAULO – At least four people were killed in a shootout Tuesday apparently involving members of rival drug gangs in Porto Alegre, a city in southern Brazil, police said.
About 10 to 15 subjects “armed with pistols and rifles” opened fire on “the four victims” at a drug-distribution site in the northern section of Porto Alegre, 20th Military Police Battalion commander Gladimir Otero told EFE.
The shooting may be linked to a turf war being waged by drug traffickers following the arrest of a powerful gang member and the simultaneous release from prison of several former local drug bosses, Otero said.
Investigators determined that one of the recently released drug traffickers “tried to retake the drug sales site” early Tuesday, the police commander said.
One of the victims had a criminal record, while the other two did not, Otero said.
Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, is home of 1.5 million people.