Tourist using Google Maps shot in Rio slum

A tourist has been shot after Google Maps reportedly led her to a dangerous Rio de Janeiro slum.

Natalia Cappetti, a 42-year-old woman from Argentina, was trying to find the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in the Brazilian capital when the car she was travelling in was shot several times at the entrance to the Morro dos Prazeres favela, according to media reports.

Local health authorities say she was rushed to hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery and is now recovering.

Cappetti’s husband and another couple the pair were travelling with told the Special Support Office for Tourism that the Google Maps app had led them to Rua Gomes Lopes, one of the entrances to the favela.

It was there that gunmen fired into the car, hitting Cappetti in the backseat.

According to the O Globo newspaper, the gunmen were drug dealers and fled after the shooting. Witnesses said they did not try to rob the tourists.

Monday’s shooting followed another in the same slum in December, when Italian tourist Roberto Bardella, 52, was killed after entering by mistake on a motorbike.