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Friday, April 18 2014 @ 09:49 PM EDT

Four Gunned Down On 27th Street

Crime & PunishmentFour men armed with three 9 mm pistols and an AK-47 assault rifle came in a vehicle and gunned down four men on 27th Street in El Chorrillo. This time the victim was 22 year old Christian Rangel Zamora, who was killed by more than 30 bullet holes on Sunday at 8:30 pm. He was talking - Rangel was talking with Jose Gilberto Trujillo, 24, Ricardo Samaniego, 32, and Javier Ospina, 30, when they were surprised by a burst of shots. The authorities found more than 50 spent shell casings at the scene. Rangel was taken to the Santo Tomas Hospital where he died. Trujillo is delicate condition, and the other two are stable.

Ricardo Rangel, father of the deceased, said his son was enjoying his day off, and he has been working for the past year on the project to expand the Coastal Strip, saying his only goal was to provide for his two children, four and one year of age.

Still Serious - Trujillo's family is waiting for his health. He was shot in the left side of his head. Other bullets pierced a lung, chest, arm and thigh. His mother, Elsa Castillo said the bullet fractured the skull leaving several bone fragments within the brain.

According to the police, this incident is linked to feuding local gangs, because three years ago on 27th Street Walter Clark, the nephew of "Cholo Chorrillo" was killed in the same place, and the killers wanted revenge. (Mi Diario)

Editor's Comment: This is a "snapshot" of the typical kind of violent street crime in Panama City. Rival youth gangs, fighting over territory, taking revenge for a murder that occurred three years ago. Thankfully this sort of thing rarely spills over to affect the members of the English speaking community of expatriates in Panama. But still, tread lightly, because there are people who can and will blow you away for looking at them funny. Most of this violence is related to drugs in one way or the other.

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