Witnesses: Games bus hit by gunfire, no one seriously hurt

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Rio Games bus hit by gunfire, no serious injuries: witnesses

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug 9 (Reuters) - A bus carrying journalists at the Rio Games was hit by gunfire on a highway between Olympic venues on Tuesday, witnesses said. No one was seriously injured in the incident.

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The bus was making its way from the Games basketball venue to the main Olympic park when, according to passengers, two shots were heard hitting the vehicle. Windows shattered and flying glass left two people with minor lacerations.

"We were shot at. I mean we could hear the report of the gun," said Sherryl "Lee" Michaelson, a retired U.S. air force captain who is working for a basketball publication in Rio.

A spokesman for the Rio organizing committee, Mario Andrada, said forensic investigators were trying to determine if the projectile was a bullet or a rock.

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A person sits on an official media bus after a window shattered when driving accredited journalists to the Main Transport Mall from the Deodoro venue of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
People duck for cover in the aisle as a media bus is attacked travelling between venues in Rio de Janeiro, on the fourth day of the Rio Olympic Games, Brazil.
A broken window on an official media bus after it shattered when driving accredited journalists to the Main Transport Mall from the Deodoro venue of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
A member of the media stands near a shattered window on a bus in the Deodoro area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. Two windows where shattered when rocks, or possibly gunfire, hit the bus carrying journalists at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. There were no injuries. (David Davies/PA via AP)
A journalist sits in a shuttle bus en route to the Whitewater Stadium, a venue for the canoe and kayak slalom events, at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Damage to a media bus in the Deodoro area of Rio de Janeiro on the fourth day of the Rio Olympic Games, Brazil.
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"We haven't yet been able to confirm what kind of projectile hit the bus," he said, adding that the incident occurred in the Curicaca neighborhood, just a few kilometers (miles) north of the Olympic Park. "We don't want to speculate."

A Reuters photograph taken in the first moments of the incident showed a small hole, about the width of a finger, in one of the windows.

Violent street crime in Rio has left its mark on South America's first Olympic Games. On Saturday, a bullet hit the equestrian center, missing journalists there by just a few feet. That bullet was suspected to have been fired by a gang member trying to shoot down a police blimp or drone, officials said.

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(Reporting by Brenda Goh and Caroline Stauffer; Writing by Mark Bendeich; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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