Loaded Gun Pointed at Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Argentina President Says

The gun pointed at Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner on September 1 was loaded and triggered, according to President Alberto Fernandez.

A man pointed a firearm at former president de Kirchner’s head and “fired the trigger,” Fernandez said, according to a translation of a statement. Fernandez said the weapon had five bullets but did not fire despite having been triggered.

Fernandez said the attempt against former president de Kirchner’s life deserved “the strongest repudiation” from all of Argentine society. An investigation was underway and the suspect was in custody as of Thursday night.

Footage circulating on social media showed a gun being pointed at de Kirchner as she returned home to a crowd of supporters outside of her home in Recoleta. Credit: Alberto Fernández via Storyful