At least five people were killed and eight injured in Rio de Janeiro today in intense clashes between drug traffickers and police, Globo (Portuguese) reports.
A police helicopter was shot down and five buses were destroyed, with most of the violence taking place in the neighborhoods of Vila Isabel and Sampaio. Other shootings have also been reported in the last 24 hours.
Local Twitterers provided additional context about the violence and the personal impact it has had on Rio citizens:
The violence occurred just weeks after Rio de Janeiro was awarded the 2016 Summer Olympic Games on Oct. 2, a point not missed by Rio Twitter users: