US consular official in Mexico ambushed, shot
MEXICO CITY: A US consular official in Guadalajara was shot by a gunman but was in a stable condition, Mexican authorities said, prompting the FBI to offer a reward for information.
The victim was attacked on Friday in Mexico’s second largest city in the often violent western state of Jalisco, according to Mexico’s Attorney-General and the US embassy.
The official was shot in the chest, said a source.
A Mexican security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the victim was named Christopher Ashcraft.
The embassy said it was working closely with Mexican law enforcement on the matter.
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward of $20000 (R275 042) for information that helps to identify the shooter.
A video posted online by the consulate in Guadalajara shows the shooter appearing to wait for the official’s car to pull up to a car park barrier before shooting at the driver and fleeing. Jalisco is one of the engines of the Mexican economy, but a battleground for rival drug cartels. – Reuters