No one was hurt, according to the Reuters report.
Rio's Nova Mare section, one of the city's 700-plus slums, is an area know for rampant drug trafficking. Police do not patrol these areas regularly but rather raid them from time-to-time with armored vehicles or helicopters. Brazilian authorities say the shooting was likely a case of mistaken identity.
The brave Santa later returned to the Nova Mare region — this time by car — to distribute the gifts.