Despite Overall Drop in Murders, Number of Mass Shootings in Rio Remains Constant

The number of events in which multiple individuals are killed has not seen the same reduction as other metrics measuring violence. A consistent source of such deaths are police operations, which some say have become bolder in the last few months.

By C.H. Gardiner

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Jair Bolsonaro government has championed crime statistics showing a drop in murders throughout the country, but research shows that the number of mass shootings in Rio de Janeiro has remained constant since last year.

The Brazilian data laboratory Fogo Cruzado told The Rio Times Thursday that a police operation in Belford Roxo left three people dead, bringing the number of mass shootings to 33. To qualify as a mass shooting, a case must involve at least three deaths. The total number of civilians killed in greater Rio from such events reached . . .

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