Reports: Media bus shot at while leaving Olympic event
Media members have been using buses that travel between the media center to and from event venues. The media bus shot at Tuesday was leaving a women’s basketball game between Turkey and Japan, according to the Hoopfeed Twitter account.
Two people were injured but not seriously, according to reports. Windows were smashed but the shots fired did not penetrate the glass.
Olympic organizers have insisted the objects that hit the bus were rocks, not bullets, according to Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star.
In response to the incident, military police police in Rio de Janeiro will be stepping up security measures, according to the Associated Press.
The Hoopfeed account gave details on the incident:
3-Bus had just passed unmanned toll booths of Trans Olympic Highway, going at good clip, bullets didn't completely penetrate but broke glass— Hoopfeed.com (@hoopfeed) August 9, 2016
4-And blew out windows. Gun probably a "small-caliber weapon." Falling/flying glass caused the minor injuries.— Hoopfeed.com (@hoopfeed) August 9, 2016
5-A Reuters photog who has spent time in Iraq was yelling at the bus driver to keep moving, keep driving and don't stop or pull over.— Hoopfeed.com (@hoopfeed) August 10, 2016
6-Once bus was out of range and away, police arrived. Officer didn't talk to anyone or offer assistance to the 2 guys injured.— Hoopfeed.com (@hoopfeed) August 10, 2016
8-Lights inside bus were on as it made way from stadium, usually liked b/c buses have wifi & folks can work. Not good in this situation.— Hoopfeed.com (@hoopfeed) August 10, 2016
It is unclear what the motivation for the shooting was, but the games have been mired in controversy since Day 1.
The Rio government has come under criticism from some citizens for the amount of money spent on the games. Groups have been protesting the Olympics, while Brazil is also dealing with political controversy within its executive branch.