Ecuador presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio was shot dead at a campaign rally on Wednesday.
Fernando Villavicencio who is a member of Ecuador’s National Assembly Party was shot dead as he entered his car after leaving a campign event in the northern city of Quito.
The current president of Ecuador Guillermo Lasso confirmed that Villavicencio was pronounced dead.
Here’s the moment shots rang out:
BREAKING: Moment Ecuador presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio was shot dead
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A candidate in Ecuador’s upcoming presidential election has been shot dead.Advertisement
Fernando Villavicencio, a member of the country’s national assembly, was attacked after an event in the northern city of Quito on Wednesday.
A member of his campaign team told local media Mr Villavicencio was about to get into a car when a man stepped forward and shot him in the head.
The death was confirmed on social media by current president Guillermo Lasso.
The presidential election is scheduled to take place on 20 August.
Mr Lasso said he was “outraged and shocked” by the killing and pledged that “this crime will not go unpunished”.
“Organized crime has come a long way, but the full weight of the law is going to fall on them,” he said.
Here’s a video of the suspect who was captured at the scene:
BREAKING: Ecuadorian Presidential Candidate Fernando Villavicencio has reportedly been assassinated at a campaign rally.
***The following video is the suspect who was captured at the rally***
According to reports, Villavicencio was shot three times in the head and a grenade was… pic.twitter.com/Eux659jzYw
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Here was the scene inside the venue where the rally was taking place:
WATCH: Gunfire heard as Ecuador presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio is assassinatedpic.twitter.com/3zISPgfGCy
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