Second shotgun murder: man kills “close friend” with fatal headshot

In only 24 hours, two chilling shotgun murders played out in Portugal – both involving men who killed apparent friends with deliberate shots to their heads.

A day after forestry worker João Brás shot his boss in Alcoutim (see story ‘Murder in Alcoutim: shooter asks family for forgiveness but explains nothing’ at, news came of a Barcelos man who shot a “close friend” in a parking lot in Perelhal.

As with yesterday’s killing, this morning (April 23) saw no clear indication of what lay behind the murder in Perelhal.

Jornal de Notícias reports the men “may have had an argument” beforehand but nothing is clear.

The victim, a 27-year-old, had just parked his company van near his place of work when his friend walked over with a shotgun ready and fired.

According to JN, the 32-year-old didn’t give his friend any time to react, or indeed to get out of the van.

The man died on the spot in full view of his godfather and co-workers who were travelling with him.

JN reports they were able to catch the attacker, who made off but turned himself into GNR police shortly afterwards.

The case is now in the hands of the PJ.