They had gone outside to play.
Then two children were killed out of nowhere in a shooting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
As it became known on Saturday, the cousins, aged four and seven, were hit in the head and stomach by a ricochet on Friday (local time) in a poor area of the city. The police said they had not fired any shots.
According to the Brazilian military police, a team patrolled the neighborhood “when they heard gunfire”. The shooting is being investigated by the police. According to the newspaper “O Globo”, family members said the police officers shot several times.
In 2020, 22 children under the age of twelve were injured in an exchange of fire in the Rio de Janeiro region, eight of them fatally, as the organization Fogo Cruzado announced.
“That is also the fault of the rulers, who say that all criminals must be killed and give the police a free hand,” said the girls’ grandmother of the newspaper “O Globo”. Most favela residents are simple workers.