In a still confusing sequence of events, an assailant held up  [es] a bank in an area known as Gamarra  [es] in Lima, holding up several customers and staffers as hostages. From around 2pm and during seven hours approximately, the development of this case kept many Peruvians glued to their radios, TVs and the Internet. And it was via internet, more specifically Twitter, that the news leaked by way of user @solopedrito  who was closest to the location, he tweeted :
@solopedrito tweeted what he witnessed, and uploaded pictures and video. Soon, journalists joined in from the same area:
For the website Clases de Periodismo (Journalism Classes) this coverage in real-time  [es] constituted “one of the most important experiences of collaboration between Twitter citizens and Peruvian media.” From the beginning, the incessant tweeting and retweeting of the event made #gamarra a Trending Topic on Twitter for a few hours. This was pointed out by some, while others did not think it was that important.
In the midst of much misinformation about the events, no one was certain how many attackers and hostages  [es] were involved. Many doubted the information about the situation that was taking place inside the bank, the police work and the rumors that emerged. While others considered it was important to provide news, others said it was confusing matters and making the police work harder, or criticized the reporters’ ethics and responsibilities:
juan_delgado  cc @elcomercio  @perucom  RT: @franco626 : Secuestradores logran demostrar que a periodistas “serios” en realidad les gusta el morbo about 10 hours ago  via Echofon 
NinaGoya  you are surprised that the news release gives “details” that could worsen the rescue effort, we know they are sensationalists, it’s more important to sell than to inform about 7 hours ago  via TweetDeck 
A short time before 9pm, it was known that it was only one robber  [es] that was inside. After several failed talks  [es], the police decided to clear out the surrounding businesses, make onlookers, news groups and relatives of the hostages step back, and act. In an instant when the robber went to look out of a window, a sniper shot him  [es] in the head and the hostages were then freed. Within minutes the news were being transmitted on local television.
Plan_F  Journalists, they killed him, nice, but you behave like you’re the ALL-POWERFUL and want us to approve the images you show, it is too much, go to hell about 4 hours ago  via TweetDeck 
Certainly the images transmitted were, to say the least, shocking. You could see the robber on the floor, bleeding, still alive; just as one of the 33 hostages’  [es] clothes was bloodied, product of a bullet injury on the hip. The body of the robber showed an object that was presumably  [es] explosives, but according to police they were fake. Although, a bag did contain a bomb that was later deactivated. However, we must wait a little longer to know what actually took place, in the meantime, Twitter users continue to speculate:
martinhidalgo  En América Noticias informan que el cuerpo del secuestrador fue llevado a la morgue. En RPP que está vivo. Seguimos en lo mismo de la tarde, about 3 hours ago  via HootSuite 
@jaimedelcastill  @Danyv21  Evidentemente, VENDIÉNDOSE A TRAVÉS D UNA VENTANA lo k nunca hace un DELINCUENTE PROFESIONAL Y AVEZADO … uhmmmmmm about 3 hours ago  via TweetDeck  in reply to Danyv21 
@jaimedelcastill  @Danyv21  clearly, SELLING HIMSELF THROUGH THE WINDOW, something a PROFESSIONAL CRIMINAL would never do… uhmmmm. about 3 hours ago  via TweetDeck  in reply to Danyv21 
Fue un “tuitero” que aprovechó su dominio básico sobre tecnología (móvil y redes sociales) y su afán por transmitir información, … ¿Recuerdan la noticia La foto más cercana del accidente de avión en el rio Hudson tomada por un Twittero ? Ya pasó casi dos años y hasta hoy se sigue comentando este hecho en las diferentes charlas sobre periodismo y redes sociales. … Twitter se afianza como fuente de noticias. Es innegable el flujo impresionante de información que transita por esta red.
Finally @solopedrito, the Twitter user Sandro Medina refers to, came out on a nightly TV show describing how and why he chose to become a citizen journalist. Also, he talked to people  [es] from Clases de Periodismo (Journalism Classes), where he told of how and from which cellphone he offered his informative coverage. Later, from his home, he tweeted: