Two dead, twenty injured following gun attack
Posted: Friday, December 6, 2002
Two dead and latest reports claim twenty injured after four gunmen started firing indiscriminately into the crowd at Rebel HQ Plaza Altamira at just after 7:00 p.m. local time. Chacao municipal police have arrested two suspects. The drama started with an apparent explosion in a rebel ammunition dump under the Four Seasons Hotel, followed by a second detonation on Avenida San Juan Bosco.
The gunmen are described as opposition hoodlums who used automatic weapons against defenseless passers-by on Avenida Francisco Miranda. Interior & Justice Minister Diosdado Cabello has come out strongly to repudiate what is now being dubbed the Plaza Altamira Massacre and has ordered an immediate and thorough investigation to establish responsibilities.
Government officials are denying opposition claims that the attack was ordered by President Hugo Chavez Frias.
Meanwhile Organization of American States Secretary General Cesar Gaviria has been removed from the Caracas Melia Hotel under heavy security escort and it is believed he is being rushed to a secret location for his own safety.