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Young man shot in face in Faro

A young man is in hospital after having been shot in the face at point-blank range near one of the University of Algarve campuses in Faro in what has been described as a “settling of scores”.

The 25-year-old’s life is “not at risk” although he had to be taken to a Lisbon hospital to undergo reconstructive facial surgery.

According to Correio da Manhã tabloid, the shooting happened just after 5am on Tuesday (September 26) near the Montepio bank in Penha.

The victim was inside a parked car with several other people when the shooter approached the vehicle and fired at him.

The shooter, who had someone else in the car with him, then drove off “at high speed”, writes the paper.

PJ criminal police are investigating the case.

CM adds that the shooter has been identified but has not yet been taken into custody.