Mexico arrests American in US consular official’s shooting


The suspect in the shooting of a US consular official in Mexico´s western city of Guadalajara is an American who will be deported back to his country, officials said Sunday.
Hours after authorities announced the suspect´s arrest, the attorney general´s office and the foreign ministry issued a joint statement saying he would face justice in the United States for the “sordid and cowardly” shooting.
The official was shot on Friday in a brazen attack by a man wearing a black wig and a blue nurse uniform outside a shopping center´s garage in Mexico´s second biggest city.
Officials have not indicated the possible motive nor reveal the identities of the victim or the suspect.
The suspect was arrested by Mexican authorities in “close collaboration” with the FBI and the US embassy, the joint statement said, without providing more details about the day or circumstances of the capture.
A US government official told AFP the victim, who was in stable condition on Saturday, was a vice consul at the consulate in Guadalajara. Mexican authorities said he handled interviews of visa applicants.
The FBI had offered $20,000 for information about the shooter´s identity.
The US consulate in Guadalajara posted surveillance camera footage showing the official, dressed in shorts and a sleeveless shirt, paying a parking ticket at an automated machine. The gunman is then seen following him.
Another security camera shows the gunman later standing outside the garage. When the official´s black car stops at the exit, the shooter raises his gun and opens fire.
A bullet hole is seen on the windshield and the official opens his door before the footage ends.
Jalisco´s state attorney general, Eduardo Almaguer, described the shooting as a “direct attack” on Saturday.
US Secretary of State John Kerry thanked the Mexican government for the “swift and decisive arrest of a suspect in the heinous attack against our Foreign Service Officer colleague.”
“The safety and security of US citizens and our diplomatic staff overseas are among our highest priorities,” Kerry said in a statement, wishing the official a “speedy recovery.”—AFP

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