In a shocking turn of events, Fernando Villavicencio, a presidential candidate in Ecuador, was fatally shot during a campaign rally in the nation’s capital. This information was confirmed by the country’s president, Guillermo Lasso, and various local media outlets.
President Lasso expressed his outrage and shock over the incident on Twitter. He extended his condolences to Villavicencio’s wife and daughters, and assured the public that the perpetrators of this heinous crime would face the full force of the law.
Villavicencio, a former legislator, was a notable figure in the political landscape of Ecuador. Recent polls indicated that he had the support of 7.5% of the electorate. The tragic incident occurred during a campaign event in Quito, the capital city.
Following the assassination, the attorney general’s office in Ecuador reported that one suspect had died in custody due to injuries sustained during a shootout post the incident. Additionally, six other individuals were taken into custody by the police.
Videos circulating on social media platforms depict the chaotic scene following the shooting. Villavicencio can be seen being escorted to a waiting car amidst the sound of repeated gunfire.
In response to the incident, President Lasso has pledged to convene an emergency meeting with top security officials to address the situation and ensure justice for Villavicencio.