Another child was shot in the state of Rio de Janeiro. This time, a seven-year-old girl was shot as she left school in the Rocha Sobrinho neighborhood, in Mesquita, Baixada Fluminense, last Tuesday afternoon (12).
According to the G1 portal, Ana Tayssa was hit in the leg and rescued by her own mother. The child is admitted to the Nova Iguaçu General Hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery and is stable.
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Shootings are frequent in the region due to disputes over drug trafficking in the community known as Buraco do Boi, in Nova Iguaçu.
Ana Tayssa’s case is being investigated by the 53rd Mesquita Police Station.
How many more?
On the September 7th holiday, another child was shot. This time the case happened during an approach by Federal Highway Police (PRF) agents to a family’s car as the vehicle was passing through Arco Metropolitano, a highway built around the metropolitan region of Rio. The police officers fired shots at the vehicle. The agents claimed that the car’s license plate showed that it was a stolen product and after hearing a gunshot, they reacted.
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Heloísa dos Santos Silva, aged three, was hit in the spine and head and taken to the Adão Pereira Nunes Hospital, in Duque de Caxias, Baixada Fluminense. On Wednesday morning (13), the girl’s health worsened. According to the medical report, she is unstable and the condition is very serious.
Data released this September by the Fogo Cruzado Institute indicate that at least 600 children and adolescents have been shot in Rio de Janeiro in the last seven years. According to the survey, 48% of these victims were affected in police operations.
Source: BdF Rio de Janeiro
Editing: Jaqueline Deister