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Gunmen Kill 2, Wound 28 at Bar in Southern Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO Ė At least two people were killed and 28 others wounded when gunmen opened fire early Sunday on people attending a party at a bar in Gravatai, a city in Brazilís Rio Grande do Sul state, police said.

The shooting happened around 2:30 am while a large number of people were at a funk dance party inside the establishment in Gravatai, which is outside Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul.

Four gunmen entered the bar, ordered the people closest to the door to lie on the floor and opened fire.

A 21-year-old woman and a second woman whose age was not released died in the shooting, police said.

The 28 people wounded by gunfire were transported to seven hospitals in Porto Alegre.

Investigators found shell casings from different caliber rifles, shotguns, revolvers and pistols on the barís floor.

Detectives assigned to the case said they were working on the theory that the shooting was related to a dispute between rival gangs fighting for control of the illegal drug trade in Gravatai.

No suspects have been identified in connection with the shooting, police said.

Police said they found the getaway car used by the gunmen abandoned in a nearby neighborhood and that the vehicle had been reported stolen.

 

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