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Argentinean soccer player shot in carjacking

06-14-2012 06:18 BJT

BUENOS AIRES, June 13 (Xinhua) -- An Argentinean soccer player was shot in the leg when two assailants forced him and his two children out of the car then drove away in Buzarco city, 30 kilometers from the capital Buenos Aires, local media reported Wednesday.

Mariano Campodonico, 38, an experienced center forward for Argentina' s

second-division Temperley Club team who has also played for soccer leagues in Venezuela, Ecuador, Mexico and Paraguay, was wounded in his left knee after one of the carjackers shot at the ground and the bullet ricocheted.

The carjacking occurred Monday night as Campodonico was picking up one of his children from a birthday party.

"When I was getting my daughter inside the car, I heard two people yell, telling me to stand still and give them the car keys," Campodonico told the daily Cronica. "I turned around and told them to let me get my kids out of the car and then they could have it."

"The thieves then pointed a 9-millimeter gun at me (and) asked me to give them my wallet, which was inside the car," said Campodonico, adding he also gave them some money he had in his pocket.

Though he didn't try to resist the robbery, the criminals apparently fired a parting shot in an attempt to intimidate him, Campodonico said.

"It was a horrible moment, especially because I was with my kids," he added.

Campodonico made headlines in 2006 when he was sentenced to eight days in jail after making obscene gestures at a rival team on the field.

Editor:Wang Shuo |Source: Xinhua

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