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Diplo Rushed To Safety After Shooting At Sao Paolo Carnival

Dominic Smithers

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Diplo Rushed To Safety After Shooting At Sao Paolo Carnival

Featured Image Credit: Splash News

Diplo had to be rushed to safety after a shooting broke out during a major festival in Brazil.

Security guards grabbed the DJ - real name Thomas Pentz - and moved quickly to get him out of harms way during the carnival in Sao Paolo yesterday (25 February).

According to reports, two people - a woman and a man - were injured during the violence.

Diplo had attended the Rádio Mix concert and was there as a surprise guest to Major Lazer's set.

In footage filmed by the 41-year-old producer and shared on his Instagram story, a voice can be heard in the background telling everyone to get 'out of the way'.

Pictures have now been shared showing Diplo and his cameraman, along with a group of terrified spectators, tumbling to the floor as panic ensues.

Diplo had to be rushed to safety. Credit: Splash News
Diplo had to be rushed to safety. Credit: Splash News

According to local reports, during the melee one of the victims managed to pull a gun out before shooting an alleged thief.

It was claimed that a friend of the thief was also injured during the shocking incident.

Following the violence, Sao Paulo Public Security Secretariat released a statement that confirmed an investigation was underway.

It read: "The first information indicates that the victim reacted by shooting at the criminal, who was taken to Saboya hospital.

"A woman was also hit and rescued at Hospital das Clínicas. The [incident] will be recorded by the 14th DP, who will investigate all the circumstances."

Speaking about the incident to Brazil's UOL, photographer Amauri Nehn described the injuries sustained by the two reported victims.

Two people were reportedly injured during the shooting. Credit: Splash News
Two people were reportedly injured during the shooting. Credit: Splash News

They said: "Someone heard a shot and warned the people who were on top of the [truck] to bend over.

"Then I took pictures of the security guard protecting him. There was a boy who was hit in the abdomen and another girl hit in the leg.

"After Diplo descended (from the truck), the organisation announced that the show had been cancelled."

Singer Seu Jorge was a guest at the block party. He said: "What a pity that there is a lot of fighting. And, with a fight, we can't continue. We better stop to not hurt anymore."

According to reports, some 148,500 attended the carnival with more than 1,300 being arrested during the first four days of the celebrations.

Topics: World News, Interesting, Brazil

Dominic Smithers
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