US con­sular of­fi­cial in Mex­ico am­bushed, shot

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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

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