TV cameraman slain in El Salvador

April 27th, 2011 - 11:45 am ICT by IANS  

San Salvador, April 27 (IANS/EFE) A cameraman with a TV channel in El Salvador was gunned down on a bus while on his way to work, police said.

Two unknown assailants boarded the bus in suburban San Salvador, approached 39-year-old Alfredo Hurtado and opened fire, a police spokesman told EFE Tuesday.

Medical examiners found a dozen bullet wounds on the body.

They shot him in the head, a police officer who supervised the removal of the body told El Mundo newspaper.

Authorities have ruled out robbery as a motive, given that the shooters did not take Hurtado’s cash or watch.

“The strongest theory is that it could be some kind of quarrel with someone. We believe that (Hurtado’s) working in the media could have prompted the murder,” an investigator told La Prensa Grafica daily.

Hurtado lived in a gang-dominated neighbourhood and apparently witnessed a murder there several months ago, the newspaper said.


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