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Banda MS Manager Says 5 Minutes Could Have Cost Alan Ramirez His Life After Shooting

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Banda MS rehearses for the 2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards at the BankUnited Center in Miami on April 25, 2016. 

The singer has left the hospital after being shot in Mexico City early Saturday morning.

Alan Ramírez, lead vocalist of Banda MS, was released Wednesday afternoon (July 6) from Hospital Español in Mexico City where he’d been under care since being shot in the neck early Saturday morning. Had he arrived to the hospital even five minutes later, doctors said he would have likely died.

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Now, the 28-year-old singer is well on his way to a full recovery, and his injuries haven’t damaged his vocal cords in any way.

MS manager Andrés Osuna told Billboard and three other media outlets that the group’s performances slated for Ciudad Juarez this weekend as well as three dates at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on July 15, 16 and 17 will take place as scheduled. Here is what Osuna had to say about Ramírez’s health and the ongoing investigation.

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What do you know about the actual shooting?

Police are looking at the camera records. Until now, it seems like an accident, a stray bullet. The police said they would call a press conference when they had more details. They’re handling this very carefully, given the place we came from [the respected Auditorio Nacional] and the area where the shooting took place [the upscale Polanco neighborhood].

Are you definitely discarding the possibility of a murder attempt?

Absolutely. If it were a murder attempt, they wouldn’t have shot once at the back of a dark car full of people. We have no problems with anyone.

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Could it have been an attempted holdup?

That’s a possibility. Authorities says that, unfortunately, in Mexico, they’re seeing a lot of altercations between drivers along this avenue [Campos Elíseos], and since it was crowded, maybe someone’s gun went off. But security cameras were filming from blocks before the shooting took place.

How serious was Alan’s wound?

It was deep impact. The bullet entered his left jaw but didn’t exit. They operated and now it’s about taking care of his vocal cords and his tongue.

Was his life in danger?

Very much so. In fact, the doctor said that had he arrived even five minutes later, they wouldn’t have been able to operate. Fortunately, he was conscious and was able to enter the hospital on his own two feet.


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