TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – A Haitian senator opened fire amid chaotic scenes outside the country’s Parliament building in the capital, Port-au-Prince, on Monday.

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Trying to disperse protesters the Haitian Senator Jean-Marie Ralph Fethiere opened fire with a pistol outside parliament on Monday, injuring a photojournalist as anger rises over fuel and food shortages in the Caribbean country, Al Jazeera reported.

He stepped out of a white truck near parliament in the capital Port-au-Prince after several protesters yanked open his passenger-side door while gesturing and yelling at the senator.

Fethiere, wearing a black suit jacket and jeans, pulled out a handgun and fired several shots, sending the cluster of people around his car fleeing in all directions. He then got back inside the vehicle, which sped out of the parking lot.

“I defended myself. Legitimate defense is a sacred right,” Fethiere told local media, adding he was unaware Associated Press photographer Dieu-Nalio Chery had been injured.

Chery suffered a minor injury to his jaw from a bullet shard. He is expected to undergo treatment to remove what appeared to be a bullet fragment, Reuters reported.

International media outlets reported a security guard was also injured, but there were no details on his condition.