FACT CHECK: Video Showing Drug Cartel Shootout Is From TV Series

Elias Atienza | Senior Reporter

A video shared on Twitter claims to show drug cartel shootings in Brazil.

Verdict: False

The video does not show an actual drug cartel shootout. The video is from a Brazilian television series.

Fact Check:

The Twitter video, which shows two men on a motorcycle shooting before being pursued by a group of men with firearms, claims to show “drug cartel shootings in broad daylight in Brazil.” At least one iteration of the video has over 9.3 million impressions on Twitter.

This video, however, is from a television series and does not show an actual drug cartel shooting. Through a reverse image search, Check Your Fact found a different angle of the video, which was shared on YouTube in July 2022 with the title, “Filming at Morro do Borel Tijuca.”

Morro do Borel is in Rio De Janiero. A Brazilian news outlet reported in July 2022 that “Fake shooting at Borel scares Tijuca residents” and confirmed it was from a television series called “A Divisão.” The television series was filming its third season, according to the outlet. Another angle of the video can be seen in this Instagram video.

“Fake shooting in series recording for streaming at Borel scares residents of Tijuca,” reads part of the Instagram post’s caption. (RELATED: No, Image Does Not Show The Las Vegas Sphere With A Windows Error Message)

Fact-checking website Snopes debunked the claim in July 2022 when it first went viral. Misbar, a fact-checking outlet, also debunked the claim.

Elias Atienza

Senior Reporter
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