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Gunmen leave a threat at Messi’s in-laws’ store


Gunmen who opened fire Thursday at a supermarke­t owned by the in-laws of Lionel Messi reportedly left a threatenin­g note for the Argentine soccer star, saying they were “waiting” for him.

There were no injuries in the incident in the early morning hours at the Unico supermarke­t in Rosario, Messi’s hometown. The store is owned by the family of Messi’s wife, Antonela Roccuzzo.

According to the Associated Press, police said two men on a motorcycle fired into the store’s metal shutters and front door, leaving a message on a piece of cardboard saying: “Messi, we’re waiting for you. [Mayor Pablo] Javkin is a drug trafficker, so he won’t take care of you.” — Cindy Boren and Ana Vanessa Herrero

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