Selfies during shootouts go viral in Brazil

Jack Artes selfie on the side of the road.

The 42-year-old designer Jack Artes was stuck in a traffic jam on one of the main arteries of Rio caused by a shootout. He got out of the car and sat down by the side wall to protect himself. Calmly, he did a selfie and recorded a video smiling in the midst of the situation. The records went viral as netizens noticed the driver’s mood crouched on the asphalt.

– Bullets were flying but I was not afraid. I live in Caxias (Duque de Caxias, in the Baixada Fluminense), and there is much more shootings every day. I did not even hear the shots, they were more ahead. I just stopped because the traffic stopped,” Jack explained.

Jack Artes selfie on the side of the road.

Rodrigo Ferreira, 22, and Matheus Adams, 19, had an unusual and similar reaction when a shooting began in the Baixada Fluminense. They were inside a bus and crouched to protect themselves from bullets, huddled over other passengers, and the two friends decided to register the scene with a selfie, shared more than 21,000 times on Facebook until the morning of this Friday.

Residents of the Pantanal neighborhood in Duque de Caxias, Rodrigo and Matheus met by chance on the bus and returned home when an exchange of shots caused vehicles to stop and return on Avenida Presidente Kennedy, around 11pm Monday – market. Instinctively, the passengers lay on the floor of the collective in fear, not knowing where the shots came from.

Matheus returned from law school – he wants to be a delegate after completing the course. Rodrigo is a merchant. He searched for his girlfriend in college and got her on the bus to Caxias. The young woman, according to him, did not agree with the idea of ​​the friends.

The scene lasted less than ten minutes, according to friends. The bus was stopped during the shooting and left when the gunmen fled. Rodrigo and Matheus believe it was a robbery. Police do not confirm the cause of the shots.

Rodrigo selfie bus.

As the collective makes the route of the neighborhood of friends, other acquaintances of Matheus and Rodrigo were on the bus. It was the first time they had been shot in the roads of Caxias. Still, Rodrigo says that it is common to hear similar cases by residents of the city.

Both of these situations have become virulent in the Brazilian Internet, causing discussions about the security of these attitudes. Wait for new cases.

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