by Michael Hone
Primary mayoral candidate hit by bullets in Palmas, Tocantins
PALMAS, Tocantins – Thursday afternoon at 4:45 parishioners at House of Mary Queen of Peace catholic church were waiting for mass to begin when they heard shots ring out. Outside, Antônio Araújo Costa Filho, a bureaucrat at the Court of Justice, and three-time mayoral candidate in the town of Araguacema, lay in the street bleeding, according to an article on ojornal.net.
Costa Filho, who is known as Toim, was coming home when the gunman—as yet unidentified—surprised him with six shots. Only three shots found their target: two in one leg and one in the abdomen. Police are said to not be sure if there was an ambush. Toim’s wife, Eliene, believes that there was a political motivation. She saw the gunman but didn’t recognize him.
Toim was admitted to the Oswaldo Cruz Hospital where he underwent surgery to remove the bullets.
Brazilian online news source for this article: ojornal.net