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Police investigate shooting involving Brazilian candidate

October 4, 2018

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian police are investigating a shooting incident involving a candidate running for Sao Paulo governor.

Adriano da Costa e Silva of the Christian Democracy Party was leaving an event with his campaign coordinator Hamilton Munhoz on Wednesday night when two motorcyclists started firing at their car.

Police said that da Costa e Silva and Munhoz were armed and tried to shoot back.

A medical report said they were released from the hospital Thursday. Both were wearing bulletproof vests and did not suffer bullet wounds.

Violence has tainted the run-up to Brazil’s general elections on Oct. 7.

Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro was stabbed during a rally last month, and a bus belonging to the caravan of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was shot at in March.

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