At least seven people had been injured by gunfire in downtown Valparaiso about a block away from the building of the Chilean National Congress.
The shooting took place shortly after 14:00 hrs. at O'Higgins Square, opposite the Municipal Theater of the port city of Valparaíso, and about 100 meters from the entrance to Chile’s National Congress.
According to information provided by witnesses, a man accompanied by an undetermined group of young people, used a shotgun against a group of people who were walking at the O’Higgins Square. The man was reduced by force by several bystanders and later arrested by police.
Witnesses of the event expressed their annoyance over the delay in taking care of the victims, pointing to the indecisiveness of the police guards in the vicinity of the National Congress.
The wounded and the shooter were taken by various ambulances to the Emergency Service of a hospital nearby, reports BioBio.cl. Traffic in the area has been suspended.
According to a recent police statement, the protagonist of the shots was a 15-year-old boy, who also received injuries. He was arrested at the scene, and taken to hospital, reports LaTercera (in Spanish).
Police commander Fernando Bywaters indicated that the event originated in a fight involving three youngsters, one of which was carrying a shotgun and started firing at random hitting several passersby. At the crime scene, the police seized the shotgun, with which the shots were fired, a baseball bat, and a machete.
All the injured were taken to health centers with wounds to various parts of the body. The most serious injury was sustained by a woman, a street vendor working in the area.