Shooting disrupts Bolsonaro-backed candidate’s campaign stop

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Shooting disrupts Bolsonaro-backed candidate’s campaign stop

RIO DE JANEIRO – A Sao Paulo gubernatorial candidate’s campaign event in the Paraisopolis neighborhood came to an abrupt halt on Monday when gunfire erupted outside.

Paraisopolis is one of Sao Paulo’s biggest favelas, or slums, and videos of the moment from local media show journalists and Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas crouching below windows.

Sao Paulo is the most populous state and its biggest economic power, making its race for governor prominent in any election. But this year there is heightened attention, with the contest seen as a proxy for the presidential race between President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

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