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A fatal shooting (reportedly of a local gang leader, see update below) occurred in the restaurant of the Vancouver, B.C. hotel where the U.S. women's national team is staying for the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament on Tuesday night. And according to goalkeeper Hope Solo, the members of the team were only kept away from the scene of the city's first murder of 2012 by a yoga session in another part of the hotel.
"Saved by our instant yoga session. Was about to walk to starbucks when all hell broke loose in the lobby of our hotel! Life is precious..." she tweeted after a man was shot multiple times, according to the Vancouver Sun.
"The entire U.S. delegation is fine and no players or staff witnessed the incident," read a statement issued by the team. "U.S. Soccer has taken the proper precautions to ensure the safety of the team for the duration of the competition."
The Vancouver Police confirmed that around 8:45 p.m. PT on Tuesday there was a shooting inside Bar One restaurant of the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center, which is where the team is staying during the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
UPDATE: Though the identity of the victim has yet to be officially released, The Province reports that it was 36-year-old Sandip Duhre, a "notorious gangster marked for death since 2005." Duhre, along with his two brothers, was head of the Duhre Group, which includes 50 to 100 members and is a major force in the area's drug trade.
So it seems the U.S. women's team have discovered that avoiding gangland executions is another health benefit of doing yoga. And since we're on the topic, here's what one of their yoga sessions looks like...
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