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Dominican Party Shows Bullet Holes

May 3, 2000

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ Dominican Revolutionary Party officials showed reporters bullet holes in a car Tuesday that they said support their claim of an assassination attempt on their presidential candidate at a campaign rally where two men were killed.

The opposition party officials said the car was carrying Hipolito Mejia at a campaign Saturday in Moca, about 90 miles outside Santo Domingo.

Shooting broke out at the event and two members of the governing Dominican Liberation Party were killed. Revolutionary Party officials said Mejia’s guards returned fire when someone shot at the candidate’s car, but the governing party said the Revolutionary Party began shooting first.

Seven members of the Revolutionary Party were arrested Monday in connection with the deaths.

Revolutionary Party officials said they didn’t show the public the bullet holes in the car sooner because Mejia didn’t want to ``make a scandal,″ said Revolutionary Party officer Jose Alberto Sanchez.

Police spokesman Francisco Camilo Javier said the car had not been turned over to police as evidence by Tuesday afternoon.

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