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Two athletes competing at yesterday’s Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico triathlon in San Juan were injured when they got caught in the middle of two cars firing shots at each other. Several sources have identified the wounded as Liz Boivin, 26 of Wisconsin, and Miguel Arroyo Ramos, 49 of Puerto Rico. According to Yahoo, Boivin was hit in the left calf while three bullets struck Arroyo in the left side during the bike portion in the San Juan district of Miramar. Both are reportedly in stable condition at a local hospital.
After the event, Ironman released the following statement.
“This morning along the bike course of the Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico triathlon, there was a civilian altercation that resulted in the injury of two Ironman athletes and a non-event fatality. The San Juan Police have indicated that this was an isolated incident, the race and athletes were not a target, and the course is safe for the race to continue. We are working with local authorities throughout today’s race to ensure our athlete’s safety. At this time, there is no further information available on the athletes’ injuries, who are in stable condition at the local hospital. As there is an ongoing investigation into the incident, any media inquiries should be directed to local authorities.”
Police say a passenger inside one the two cars that were exchanging gunfire was killed. He has been identified as local man Jose Ramos Tapia and his body was found behind the wheel of the car where it crashed. The 25-year-old Ramos had recently been released from a prison stint for selling drugs in a public housing complex, according to El Nuevo Dia newspaper.
Read more: Yahoo.com