Five people were killed, along with a military police officer, in the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area Saturday. The massacre occurred in Vila Operaria neighborhood, while the police officer was killed in Jacarepagua neighborhood.
The investigation, conducted by the Baixada Fluminense Homicide Precinct, indicates that hooded gunmen fired in the direction of the five victims in Vila Operaria, killing three men and two women. The victims were identified as Marlon de Souza (19); Rosangela de Souza Ribeiro (49); Douglas Carneiro (35); Carla Gomes Maria (37); and Felix Fonseca da Silva (46).
While the motives of the crime are unknown, it has been revealed that a popular party known as a baile funk (funk dance) was taking place during the massacre and the participation of a militia group has not been discarded.
Meanwhile, 36-year-old police sergeant Carlos Eduardo Gomes Cardoso was fatally shot during an operation in the Bateau Mouche favela.
Data released by Fogo Cruzado (Crossfire) website reveals that, during the months of February and March, 19 police officers have been killed, while 209 people have been killed by the police in the state of Rio de Janeiro.
Meanwhile, the number of massacres in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has doubled since military intervention was launched on Feb. 16, according to a new report by the Intervention Observatory at Candido Mendes University.
Published Thursday, the study – 'Aimlessly: No Program, No Results, No Direction' – also shows that, despite federal troops patrolling the streets of Rio, the number of shootouts has also significantly increased.
Silvia Ramos, coordinator at the Intervention Observatory, said the intervention was a political decision "that spawned new problems with the presence of soldiers in the political life of Brazilians, who were hurled into the center of a scenery without solving the problem of insecurity in Rio."