Olympic officials quell Ret. US Air Force Captain’s report of being shot at in Rio

A member of the media stands near a shattered window on a bus in the Deodoro area of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. Two windows where shattered when rocks, or possibly gunfire, hit the bus carrying journalists at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. There were no injuries. (David Davies/PA via AP)

Rio Olympic officials are denying claims that a bus carrying journalists was shot at by saying it was struck by  “unknown projectiles.”

However, Lee Michaelson, a retired U.S. Air Force captain who covers women’s basketball, said she instinctively hit the floor when she heard the gunfire.  “I’m not a firearms expert.  I just know what a gun sounds like and I would say from my experience that it was a small caliber handgun,” she said.

Lee Michaelson
Lee Michaelson covers US women’s basketball for HoopScoop.com (Facebook)

“People started shouting ‘just keep going’. After a couple of minutes we had a police escort,” said a press association photographer on the bus.

The International Olympic Committee said in a statement: “We are aware that a media bus traveling from Deodoro to Barra on the Transcarioca had two windows broken by objects coming from the surrounding area.”

The attack occurred in the same area where a bullet was fired into a press center during an equestrian event on Saturday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Rio Olympic officials said security patrols will be increased following the incident in Rio, which is known for regular gun violence.

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