Gunman shoots U.S. Consulate official in western Mexico

PUBLISHED Sat, January 07, 2017 - 8:24pm EST

An unidentified gunman has shot and injured a U.S. consular official in Mexico's western city of Guadalajara, officials say. The shooter remains at large and a motive for the attack was not immediately known. (more)

Surveillance video released by the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara showed a man in a purple t-shirt following the American official after he paid for his ticket at a parking garage in the city. A short time later, in a second video, the same man is shown standing near the exit of the parking garage.

After waiting for at least one vehicle to exit the parking garage, the suspect can be seen pulling out a gun as the official's car approaches a boom gate. He then fires a single shot, striking the victim in the upper chest, before running away.

The official was taken to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Although the suspect in Friday's shooting appeared to target the consular official, it was not immediately clear whether the official was the intended target of the attack. American officials and officers have in the past been attacked in cases of mistaken identity.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a $20,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the suspect.

  Guadalajara, Mexico     





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