Police mount manhunt after former footballer “executed” on café terrace in Leiria

PJ police have mounted a manhunt after a former-footballer turned nightclub bouncer was “executed” as he sat on the terrace of a café in São Romão, Leiria, on Sunday night.

Raul Oliveira, 47 – a former footballer with União de Leiria – died of his injuries in hospital. The man suspected of shooting him has been named as Brazilian Rafael Guimarães, 25 – a known-drug dealer and son of an alleged prostitute.

According to media reports, drug business and “definition of territories” lay behind the shooting which played out in the historic centre of town.

Oliveira however is not thought to have had anything to do with drug dealing.

As Diário de Notícias explains this morning, witnesses have said he was “a good man” who had warned Guimarães about selling drugs in the bar where he was a bouncer.

Witnesses have been describing the shooting, which ended with locals setting on what may have been one of Guimarães’ accomplices.

“Zé do Brinco” as the 50-year-old man is called, was seen getting out of the car Guimarães arrived in.

Locals are described as attacking him after the shooting.

Zé do Brinco was treated for his injuries in hospital and has refused to say anything to the press.

As police hunt Rafael Guimarães, the body of Raul Oliveira is due to be released for burial.

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