MEXICO CITY -- Mexican prosecutors said Saturday they are searching for a gunman who opened fire on an official of the U.S. Consulate in the western city of Guadalajara.
The Attorney General’s Office said Saturday the official was wounded in the attack Friday in Guadalajara -- and the U.S. Consulate said on its Facebook and Twitter pages that the FBI was offering a $20,000 reward for information on the attacker.
Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco state, which is dominated by the hyper-violent Jalisco New Generation cartel. There was no immediate evidence of any cartel link to the attack.
Surveillance video of the attack shows the gunman following the official in a parking garage. The official, whose name was not released, was dressed in shorts.
The shooting appeared to be a direct attempt to kill the consular employee.
In the video, 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 U.S. Consulate posted several clips of CCTV video related to the incident on its Facebook page.
El FBI ofrece una recompensa de $ 20,000 dólares por información que lleve a la identificación del sujeto que disparó a un oficial del Consulado de los Estados Unidos hoy en Guadalajara. Por favor llame a la Embajada de los Estados Unidos en la Ciudad de México si lo reconoce al (01-55) 5080-2000. El video del tirador está disponible en esta página de Facebook
Posted by Consulado General de los Estados Unidos en Guadalajara on Friday, January 6, 2017
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.
“The safety and security of our employees overseas is among our highest priorities,” said an embassy spokeswoman who was not authorized to be quoted by name. “We are working closely with Mexican law enforcement in this matter.”
The Attorney General’s Office said the victim was in “stable” condition and under protection, apparently at a local hospital. The office said the case was being handled by federal detectives. An attack on diplomatic personnel would be considered a federal crime in Mexico.
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