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Wave of Deadly Gunbattles Hit Rio as the Olympics Get Closer

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When gunbattles break out in the impoverished hilltop communities that overlook Rio De Janeiro, some residents hide in the bathrooms of their homes. Others take shelter under staircases.

In the case of Max Groy, he had very few options.

As a coach of the German Olympic Sailing team, he was fueling up his boat at a waterfront gas station last month when he heard a sound that he initially thought was firecrackers.

“All of the sudden everybody started running at the gas station and hiding behind things,” he said. “So I thought, that might be time to just lay flat in the motor boat and hide as well.”

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