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Newsline: US Consulate official shot by gunman in Mexico

An official of the US Consulate in Guadalajara in western Mexico, who was shot in the chest by an unidentified gunman, is reported to be in stable condition. A Mexican official on the condition of anonymity told Reuters that the victim has been identified as 31-year-old Christopher Ashcraft. The victim was shot outside Plaza Sania mall in the second largest Mexican city on Friday (6 January). Soon after the incident, CCTV footage was was released by the Consulate to learn about the identity the gunman. The embassy said it was working closely with Mexican law enforcement authorities to arrest the man. “The safety and security of our employees overseas is among our highest priorities,” an embassy spokesperson said. The FBI had earlier announced to offer a $20,000 (£16,267) reward to anyone who had information that could lead to the shooter’s identification.



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