According to The Sydney Morning Herald, a New Zealand tourist, 31, initially reported as an Australian, was shot and killed in the city of Mendoza on Monday (April 28) when he resisted a man who attempted to steal his bag.
It needs to be emphasized that I strongly recommend against all travelers resisting street criminals as most carry concealed firearms to neutralize travelers who instinctively resist.
The shooting occurred when the victim, an Australian and a Frenchwoman were walking in General San Martín Park.
By Tuesday (April 29), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Wellington had confirmed the the person shot and killed was a New Zealander.
COMMENT: The downside of this account is that criminals are always prepared for the worst, whereas travelers are not.
No amount of property has the same value as your life. Please, don't die over "things."
As I have so often said, "there are no "safe" countries, pure and simple.
The fatal shooting occurred when the trio was walking near the Malvinas Argentinas stadium when two people on a motorbike tried to snatch the victim's bag.
Juan Carlos Caleri, police chief of Mendoza, told Todo Noticias the victim had gunshot wounds to his neck and chest.
Argentina's Ministry of Security has offered 40,000 pesos ($A5,380) in an efforts to locate the assailants.