Journalist shot during Workers’ Day demonstration in Santiago, Chile

Francisca Sandoval, 29, was shot on May 1, 2022 when gunmen opened fire during a Workers’ Day demonstration and subsequent looting in the Barrio Meiggs area of Chile's capital Santiago.

At least three members of the press were injured. The gunmen appeared to be local street vendors who armed themselves and shot at the protest after several demonstrators caused damage near their shops.

Sandoval was covering the demonstration for the local community broadcaster Canal Señal 3 La Victoria when she was shot. She remained in critical condition at the Posta Central Hospital in Santiago until her death on May 12, according to a statement by the Chilean Journalists Union.

Shortly after the incident, Chilean police detained two suspects in the shootings. On May 2, the Chilean Investigative Police detained a third suspect, who is believed to have shot Sandoval.

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