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Gunshot fired at photographers at Tom and Gisele’s Costa Rica wedding

April 3, 2009

Two photographers claim that a private security guard shot at them Saturday at the wedding of Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen and U.S. football player Tom Brady at the Costa Rican beach town of Santa Teresa on the Nicoya Peninsula. No injuries were reported.

Rolando Avilés, photographer for Costa Rican daily Al Día, told newswire EFE the incident occurred after he and photographer Yuri Cortez, of French newswire AFP, refused to hand over their photography equipment to the security guards.

Whereupon, one of the guards pulled out a gun and opened fire at the photographers´ vehicle, shattering the back window, Avilés said, adding that the bullet whizzed “by the head” of Salvadoran photojournalist Cortez. “It was really scary,” Avilés said.

According to the Al Día photographer, neither he nor Cortez had entered the property of Bündchen´s mansion, where the wedding took place, and were snapping shots from a nearby hill “outside the private property.”

The news became the buzz this weekend on celebrity blogs.

According to

INF Daily

, Bündchen had made an exclusive deal with a Brazilian magazine to cover the wedding, which may have prompted the guards to demand the Tico and Salvadoran photographers turn over their material. Avilés told INF he was in disbelief, saying, “ I could have lost my life for the sake of some pictures that Gisele didn´t want published. Are they insane?”

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