Gunmen shoot deputy Héctor Olivares outside Congress, kill another official
La Rioja UCR deputy Héctor Olivares and provincial government official Miguel Marcelo Yadón attacked near National Congresss building. Olivares now in surgery, Yadón died from wounds sustained in the attack before arrival at hospital.
A national lawmaker was shot and injured near the Congress building on Thursday morning, as gunmen attacked deputy Héctor Olivares and a fellow La Rioja provincial government official.
The official, later identified as Miguel Marcelo Yadón, died of the wounds sustained in the attack.
Two men shot at Olivares from inside a vehicle, police reported. Yadón's death was confirmed by ambulance authorities.
Olivares, who represents La Rioja province for the UCR Radical Party, had on Wednesday participated in a debate in Congress on a law to limit the criminal activity of the barra brava, Argentina's powerful football hooligan groups. So far, authorities have not established any connection between the shooting and the debate.
The case is in the hands of City prosecutor Estela Andrade de Segura who must decide in consultation with Federal Judge Ariel Lijo if the jurisitiction of the investigation should be federal, since it involves a national lawmaker.
Olivares was hit with three bullets and is in surgery, his spokesman Hector Lencinas said.
Yadón, 58, took multiple hits and died, lawmaker José Cano told television station Canal TN.
He said the two men shared an apartment close to where they were attacked and were childhood friends.
Olivares is a member of the criminal legislation committee and was working on a football-related violence initiative.
"I want to believe that it was a mistake. Olivares is an agricultural producer, a good man, a family man, we feel terrible," Julio Martínez, a senator in Olivares' home province of La Rioja, told Canal TN.