Mexico probes shooting of United States consular employee

A man suspected of shooting a US consulate officer outside the consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico, has been captured, Mexican officials said.

A special unit "detained the attacker of the consular official", the Jalisco state prosecutor's office said on Twitter, without specifying when he was caught or a possible motive for the attack.

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. The US official is seen withdrawing cash from a terminal, while gunman followed him.

Hours after the shooting on Friday night, the U.S. consulate in Guadalajara posted video footage and still images of the suspect from CCTV cameras.

Guadalajara houses one of the country's most powerful drug cartels, Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

"According to the medical report, he is in stable condition", the Mexican attorney general´s office said in a statement while the Federal Bureau of Investigation offered a $20,000 reward for information about the shooter.

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The FBI has offered a United States $20,000 reward for information regarding the identity of the shooter. "We are working closely with Mexican law enforcement in this matter".

"They should also take care not to fall into predictable patterns for those movements that are essential", the message continued.

U.S. officials have faced attacks in Mexico in the past.

The police source said it appeared the shooter was a professional killer. "They should vary the times and routes of their movements", the warning said. Surveillance video of the attack shows the gunman following the official into a parking garage, waiting for the official to exit the garage in his vehicle, and then firing a round into the car's windshield.

A Mexican gang leader was sentenced to life in prison for his role in the slayings, which he and others claimed were a case of mistaken identity.

  • Megan Austin