Published: Mon, January 09, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Gunman at large after wounding U.S. consular official in Mexico

Gunman at large after wounding U.S. consular official in Mexico

The U.S. Department of State released video of what State Department officials are describing as the shooting of a U.S. consulate employee in Guadalajara, Mexico on Friday.

The Attorney General's Office said the victim was in "stable" condition and under protection, apparently at a local hospital.

In 2012, two U.S. government officials - widely reported to be CIA agents - and a Mexican marine where wounded in 2012 when they were shot at by federal police officers as they were driving in the central state of Morelos.

According to the friend, an assailant reportedly asked for Ashcraft by name at the gym's reception, then followed him to his vehicle.

It shows the gunman waiting for the official's auto to pull up at a vehicle parking garage, before the attacker shoots the man and runs away.

The FBI has issued a $20,000 reward for information leading to a suspect's arrest. "The safety and security of our employees overseas is among our highest priorities", an embassy spokesperson said.

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It was caught here on surveillance as it appeared to be a direct attempt to kill the official.

ABC News is also now reporting that a suspect was arrested, citing a tweet from officials in the state of Jalisco, where Guadalajara is located.

A Mexican drug cartel lieutenant pleaded guilty in 2013 to murder and attempted murder of an officer or employee of the United States in the February 15, 2011, shootings of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

An attack on diplomatic personnel is a federal crime in Mexico.

Ashcraft's LinkedIn profile lists him as a foreign service officer at the U.S. Department of State with "experience related to Middle East/North Africa and Latin America".

United States consular employees and other U.S. agents have been attacked in Mexico in the past; the attackers have usually argued the attacks were cases of mistaken identity. "They should vary the times and routes of their movements", the warning said.

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