Stampede kills 9 in Brazil's Sao Paulo

2019-12-02 03:32:24 GMT2019-12-02 11:32:24(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

RIO DE JANEIRO, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- At least nine people were trampled to death and another seven people were injured on Sunday during a stampede at a massive dance in the largest Brazilian city of Sao Paulo, authorities said.

The incident happened as people panicked after hearing gunshots from a nearby confrontation between police officers and two suspects who opened fire as they tried to flee on a motorcycle. Authorities said nearly 5,000 people were at the dance event.

Sao Paulo State Governor Joao Doria regretted the loss of life and asked for an investigation into the incident.