Hong Kong player wounded by stray bullet during women's baseball game in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Authorities suspended play at the women's baseball world championship tournament Friday after a player from Hong Kong was wounded in the leg by a stray bullet during a game.

The player's injury was not serious, Venezuelan Vice President Elias Jaua told state television. He said the day's other games scheduled in Caracas were canceled while police investigate what happened.

The incident occurred while the Hong Kong team was playing the Netherlands in a stadium at the Fort Tiuna military base. It wasn't clear whether the bullet was fired on the base or from outside it.

Gun violence is common in the hillside slums near the base and is a serious problem in many areas of Venezuela, which is among the most violent countries in Latin America.

Last year, the Justice Ministry released figures showing there were 12,257 homicides nationwide in the first 11 months of 2009.