Police: Olympian’s Mom Unintended Sufferer of Drug Dispute | Sports activities Information

By DAVE COLLINS, Related Press

The mom of a Puerto Rican Olympian killed by a stray bullet in her Connecticut dwelling was an unintended sufferer of a drug dispute that erupted into the firing of greater than 20 gunshots, a police official mentioned Tuesday.

Mabel Martinez, 56, was shot within the head inside her Waterbury dwelling on Saturday afternoon when not less than two individuals opened fireplace outdoors on the road, Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo mentioned at a information convention. No arrests have been introduced.

Martinez was the mom of Yarimar Mercado Martinez, a rifle shooter on the Puerto Rico Olympic workforce who competed in the summertime Olympics final yr and in 2016. She and different relations have been in Waterbury on Tuesday, however didn’t converse on the information convention.

Spagnolo mentioned individuals in two automobiles, together with convicted felons identified for drug dealing, acquired right into a shootout outdoors Mabel Martinez’s dwelling. The rationale for the dispute was not clear. A person concerned within the confrontation, who was on the road, was shot within the hip however survived. No different accidents have been reported.

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Officers discovered 15 9mm casings and 7 45-caliber circumstances on the scene. Police mentioned they have been making an attempt to find out if one or two 9 mm weapons have been fired.

Police have discovered each automobiles concerned within the taking pictures and one among their house owners. The opposite proprietor was being searched for questioning. Each males are convicted felons identified to have bought medicine, police mentioned, however they haven’t been charged within the taking pictures.

Spagnolo mentioned the taking pictures raises questions on how unlawful weapons get into communities and the way individuals on parole and probation are monitored.

Yarimar Mercado Martinez, 27, traveled to Waterbury late Sunday from Brazil, the place she was to compete in a global taking pictures competitors. She expressed her anguish in social media posts.

“Why you? Why this manner? You have been simply sitting in your little home stitching, as you all the time did,” she wrote in Spanish on Fb.

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