Police are investigating whether the murder of a Colombian man in Retiro on Tuesday was the product of a hit man.
Various news sources such as Clarín reported that the man was killed by either four or five bullets, and was between 35 and 40 years old.
Police reports say a robbery has been ruled out as a motive for the assassination. The victim was walking down Marcelo T. de Alvear, between Libertad and Talcahuano, when a man standing next to a motorcycle shot him in the head and back.
Witnesses told police that the shooter had arrived on a motorcycle and waited for the victim to appear. The assailant shot the man twice more after he had fallen, before abandoning his bike and fleeing on foot. He was chased by an area security guard, but managed to escape while running down Santa Fe Avenue.
The offender additionally left behind a 9mm pistol, which police have recovered and are taking as evidence.
Specialists are still working to identify the deceased, but have determined his Colombian nationality by the type of clothes he was wearing. Police are speculating that the crime was a “revenge killing” given the initial evidence, and InfoBAE has suggested it may have some connection with drug trafficking.
Police are still hoping security camera footage will shed light on the identity of the killer.