2 shot dead at Venezuela military base; 6 wounded

August 22, 2010 05:38


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CARACAS, Venezuela  — A soldier shot and killed two officers at a Venezuelan military base Sunday, setting off a gunfight that wounded six other soldiers, authorities said.

The alleged gunman fled Caracas' Fort Tiuna in a car that was later found abandoned in a slum, and troops and police were searching for him.

The soldier opened fire after arguing with a superior, Capt. Miguel Angel Rosales, shooting the 33-year-old officer in the head with a Russian-made AK-103 assault rifle, according to the attorney general's office.

Minutes later the suspect, identified as Jeffersson Jose Trujillo Vasquez, fatally shot Lt. Alfredo Ruiz, 25, at an arms depot, the office said in a statement that was carried by the state-run Venezuelan News Agency.

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