Bus carrying journalists at Rio 2016 hit by gunfire.

“We were shot at. I mean we could hear the report of the gun,” said Sherryl “Lee” Michaelson, a retired U.S. air force captain who is working for a basketball publication in Rio.

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Games bus hit by gunfire, no one seriously hurt: witnesses claim.

Wed Aug 10, 2016 | 12:57 AM EDT
Reporting by: Isabelle Doll Ngcobo

(Reuters) – A bus carrying journalists at the Rio Games was hit by gunfire on a highway between Olympic venues on Tuesday, witnesses said. No one was seriously injured in the incident.

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The bus was making its way from the Games basketball venue to the main Olympic park when, according to passengers, two shots were heard hitting the vehicle. Windows shattered and flying glass left two people with minor lacerations.

“We were shot at. I mean we could hear the report of the gun,” said Sherryl “Lee” Michaelson, a retired U.S. air force captain who is working for a basketball publication in Rio.

A spokesman for the Rio organizing committee, Mario Andrada, said forensic investigators were trying to determine if the projectile was a bullet or a rock.

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“We haven’t yet been able to confirm what kind of projectile hit the bus,” he said, adding that the incident occurred in the Curicaca neighborhood, just a few kilometers (miles) north of the Olympic Park. “We don’t want to speculate.”

A Reuters photograph taken in the first moments of the incident showed a small hole, about the width of a finger, in one of the windows.

Violent street crime in Rio has left its mark on South America’s first Olympic Games. On Saturday, a bullet hit the equestrian center, missing journalists there by just a few feet. That bullet was suspected to have been fired by a gang member trying to shoot down a police blimp or drone, officials said.

This is just another security scare in a series of many that seem to keep piling up this week, and second that involved members of the media. A bullet struck the equestrian center near where journalists were working Saturday.

Crime has struck the Rio Games in other ways as well.

Two Australian rowing coaches were robbed at knife point, according to reports. So was Portugal’s minister of education and even the Rio Games’ chief of security was also reportedly mugged after the Opening Ceremony.

The Brazilian government has deployed a security force of 85,000 for the Olympic Games. That has not been enough to keep everyone safe from attacks.

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