Man was shot dead near the Maracana Stadium

Eyewitnesses say a man was shot dead near the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro after Friday's Olympic opening ceremony.

Associated Press photographers reported hearing loud multiple gun shots, forcing games volunteers and others leaving the 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.

After police and medics arrived on the scene, paramedics were seen treating the victim as blood poured from his body onto the road.

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