British tourist shot after wrong turn in Brazilian favela
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - A British tourist was shot and wounded after accidentally driving with her husband and three children into a favela controlled by criminals in a usually idyllic holiday spot near Rio de Janeiro, police said.
The family was holidaying in the seaside resort of Angra dos Reis when they took a wrong turn on Sunday while looking for a place to buy water and entered the slum.
Inside the favela, called Agua Santa, ‘they were confronted by criminals who ordered them to get out and the car was hit by shots from a firearm,’ local police chief Bruno Gilaberte said.
The woman underwent surgery in the Angra dos Reis hos- pital and ‘is in stable, good condition,’ he said.
“The bullet went through the whole abdomen but by luck didn’t hit major arteries or important organs. She was really lucky,” local hospital director Rodrigo Mucheli said on Globo television.
Television footage of the damaged rental car showed how close an escape the British visitors had: one bullet hit a front tyre, another the front passenger door and a third the headrest where the victim was sitting.
The Rio area is one of the world’s most famous tourist destinations but many favelas - largely unregulated communities of working class Brazilians - are effectively no-go areas for outsiders and even for police.