Gunman shoots USA consular official leaving Mexican mall

Mexico arrests US citizen thought to be behind attack on American diplomat
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09 January, 2017

Mexican authorities arrested a suspect in the brazen shooting of an American consular officer in the Pacific Coast state of Jalisco, officials said Sunday.

The U.S. consulate officer survived the shooting and is reportedly in stable condition.

As the consular's black vehicle approaches the lot's exit, the gunman advances towards the auto, fires one shot at the driver, then flees the scene.

In another video, the suspect is seen waiting around the area as cars exit the parking garage.

When his auto stops at a barrier, the attacker pulls out a gun and shoots a single bullet into windshield, apparently wounding the consular employee, and then runs away.

While there is no indication so far about the motive of the shooting, Guadalajara is the home territory of the Nueva Generacion cartel, one of the most powerful in the country.

The safety and security of USA citizens and our employees overseas is among our highest priorities.

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A manhunt for the gunman is now underway, with the Federal Bureau of Investigation offering a $20,000 (£16,266) reward anyone with information that leads to identifying the suspect.

Jalisco's state attorney general, Eduardo Almaguer, said the consular official interviews visa applicants.

"The safety and security of our employees overseas is among our highest priorities", a statement made by the department said.

The embassy issued a security message later Saturday urging United States citizens in Guadalajara to "restrict their movements outside their homes and places of work to those truly essential".

Attacks on diplomats are federal crimes in Mexico. "They should vary the times and routes of their movements".

In 2014, a Mexican gang leader was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the 2010 slayings in of US consulate employee Leslie Ann Enriquez Catton, her husband and the husband of another consulate employee as they left a children's birthday party in Ciudad Juárez, the AP reported. The group was riding in a white SUV that was similar to a vehicle belonging to members of a local drug cartel.

Fourteen officers were initially accused of attempted murder, but were later charged with using excessive force, with officials citing a case of mistaken identity.


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