Venezuelan authorities say one person has been killed and at least 27 people detained after a supermarket was looted in the city of Ciudad Guyana in the country's southeast.

In announcing the figures, Bolivar state Gov. Francisco Rangel pushed back against opponents of the government who attributed Friday's unrest to widespread scarcities of basic goods across the oil-rich nation. He said that there was no excuse for the mob's action and that food is not short in the industrial city.

Local newspaper Correo del Caroni said dead person was a 21-year-old man who had a gunshot wound in the chest.

The paper also said the commotion caused merchants to temporarily shutter nearby businesses in fear they might be attacked, too.