The US embassy in Mexico has cautioned American citizens living in Guadalajara to “restrict their movements outside their homes and places of work to those truly essential” after a US Consulate official was shot in an attack in a Guadalajara, Mexico parking garage.
The Mexican authorities have arrested the alleged gunman who shot and wounded an official from the US consulate in the western city of Guadalajara, prosecutors said Sunday, according to Yahoo News.
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.
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.
The suspect was handed over to the federal attorney general’s office, the state authorities said.
The FBI, which is helping in the investigation, had offered $20,000 for information about the shooter’s identity.
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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.
A US government official said the American is a vice consul.
Jalisco’s state attorney general, Eduardo Almaguer, said the consular official interviews visa applicants. On Saturday, he described the shooting as a “direct attack.”
Guadalajara and the rest of the state have been hit by violence perpetrated by the powerful Jalisco New Generation drug cartel in recent years.
The latest attack prompted the US embassy to issue a security message on Saturday urging US citizens in Guadalajara to “restrict their movements outside their homes and places of work to those truly essential.”
“They should also take care not to fall into predictable patterns for those movements that are essential,” the message continued. “They should vary the times and routes of their movements.”