Saturday, January 7, 2017
US consular official in Mexico Shot
MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities are looking for for a lone gunman who shot an official of the U.S. consulate in the western city of Guadalajara. Police said that the American official was wounded in the shooting which happened last Friday in Guadalajara, Mexico. The city is the capital of Jalisco state, which is dominated by the hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation cartel. The shooting looks like an assassination attempt.
The attack was captured by a surveillance video and it shows the gunman following the official in a parking garage. The official, whose name was not released, was dressed in shorts. The attacker doesn't appear to try to approach the official while he is walking, but instead waits for him to exit the parking garage in his vehicle and fires a round into the car's windshield.
The consulate said on its Facebook page that the FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information on the attacker.
Guadalajara is Mexico's second largest city and is not specifically singled out for any special precautions in the latest U.S. travel warning updated on Dec. 8.
The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City said that for privacy reasons no further information would be made available on the victim, including his condition.