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    Suspect Arrested in Shooting of US Official in Mexico

    The alleged suspect who shot and wounded an official with the U.S. consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico on Friday has been arrested. He has not been identified yet.

    The wounded American official, identified as 13-year foreign service officer Christopher Ashcraft, is said to be in stable condition, according to a statement from the Mexican attorney general's office.

    On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry thanked Mexican officials for their "swift decisive arrest of the suspect."

    A surveillance video posted to Facebook by the U.S. consulate shows the shooter waiting outside a parking garage before opening fire on Ashcraft's car Friday evening.

    The gunman had just previously followed Ashcraft through the parking garage, but didnít engage him.

    As Ashcraft's car emerged from the garage, the gunman fired a shot into the windshield. No motive is known for the shooting.

    The video shows a man dressed in a blue shirt and wearing sunglasses, but no other information has been released about the shooter.

    The FBI has offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the suspectís arrest, but it is unclear if it will be claimed.

    Suspect Arrested in Shooting of US Official in Mexico

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    American Charged With Attempted Murder of Diplomat in Mexico

    An American citizen arrested in the shooting of a U.S. consular official in Mexico last week has been deported, the U.S. justice department said Tuesday.

    Zia Zafar, 31, of Chino Hills, California, made his initial appearance Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Virginia, and was charged with one count of attempted murder of an internationally protected person.

    A surveillance video posted to Facebook by the U.S. consulate shows Zafar waiting outside a parking garage before opening fire on a car Friday evening. He wounded 13-year foreign service officer Christopher Ashcraft, who was reported to be in stable condition in a Guadalajara, Mexico, hospital.

    According to the complaint filed against him, Zafar disguised himself and followed Ashcraft through a parking garage and to his car. As Ashcraft drove toward the exit, Zafar shot him once in the chest and fled.

    He was arrested by Mexican authorities on Sunday and then deported.

    American Charged With Attempted Murder of Diplomat in Mexico

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    " foreign service officer" = DEA agent?

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    ^ I thought perhaps Ashcroft was someone at the consulate who turned down Zafar's family member's visa request.

    The US consulate here in Chiang Mai was bombed years ago for that reason.

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    Yep.

    CHINO HILLS, Calif. (KABC) -- An alleged gunman caught on camera attacking a U.S. consulate official in Mexico lived in Chino Hills, according to neighbors.

    Neighbors told Eyewitness News that Zia Zafar lived in the affluent Chino Hills neighborhood with his mother and sister until three weeks ago when his mother sold her home of 15 years and moved.

    Mexican officials said surveillance video captured Zafar stalking and shooting State Department official Christopher Ashcraft as he was exiting a gym parking lot in Mexico on Friday.

    Wearing purple scrubs, big sunglasses and a wig as a disguise, officials said Zafar targeted Ashcraft over a visa denial.

    Ashcraft survived the assassination attempt and an intense 48-hour manhunt was launched.

    Zafar was arrested on Sunday following a raid at his apartment in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was expelled from Mexico and being transported to the U.S.

    According to Zafar's landlord, the 31-year-old was in Mexico studying as a medical student for the past four years.

    Suspect in attack of US consulate in Mexico has ties to Chino Hills | abc7.com

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    ^ OK,

    Visa for a presumably Middle Eastern country, with a name like that.

    The US is far too generous in granting visas to these people.

    Do these countries do the same for us?

    Hell no.

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