Olympic sprinter Alex Quinonez fatally shot in Ecuador

GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador -- Ecuadorian sprinter Alex Quinonez was fatally shot in the port city of Guayaquil, police said early Saturday.

Quinonez, who was 32, became a national hero in 2012 when he reached the 200-meter final at the London Games, finishing seventh in a race won by Usain Bolt.

He also won bronze in the 200 at the 2019 world championship in Doha.

Guayaquil-based newspaper El Universo reported that Quinonez was fatally shot on a street in the northwest section of the city around 9:20 p.m. Friday and that another man was also killed.

There were no immediate reports of arrests, and the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee said the circumstances of his death "have not yet been clarified."

Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso vowed in a statement that the slaying "will not go unpunished."

"I don't have words to express the sadness, helplessness and indignation that is overwhelming me," said Andrea Sotomayor, the secretary general of the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee. "Alex Quinonez was the synonym of humility and a clear example of resilience. His loss leaves us with pain in our chests."