National police said the motivation for the hitman-style killing of three people in Caupicho, south of Quito, was the purchase and sale of a motorcycle of dubious origin. This is determined by the investigative work of the relevant units.
At a press conference this morning, it was clarified that the victims were inside a motorcycle workshop when they were shot by three other subjects. This event happened yesterday afternoon in the midst of a state of emergency due to the national strike.
At night, in the parish of La Libertad, four subjects implicated in the murder were captured. One of them is the intellectual author and three are the authors of the act. Two are Ecuadorian citizens with criminal records for theft and drug trafficking and two are foreigners.
Strong images circulated on Twitter showing lifeless bodies lying on the road. Passers-by crowded around the crime scene. Authorities cordoned off the site.
Residents say about a 15-gun burst was heard.
President Guillermo Lasso yesterday declared a state of emergency in Cotopaxi, Imbabura and Pichincha, where protests against him were concentrated, and said he was ready to defend the capital, located in the crosshairs of indigenous mobilizations.
The state of emergency decreed by Lasso will last 30 days and provides for the mobilization of the armed forces in support of the national police to safeguard internal order, the suspension of the rights of association and assembly, and the imposition of night curfew from 10 a.m. to 5 a.m. in Quito.
Quito, safe zone
The city of Quito is set up as a security zone due to the serious violations of the rights, freedoms and guarantees of citizens that seriously endanger the security of the State. The armed forces are ordered to form a joint task force to achieve the objective of the security zone.