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The man accused of shooting a US consulate officer in Mexico is an American

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UPDATE: Jan. 8, 2017 at 8:16 p.m. 

Mexican officials now say the man who allegedly shot a U.S. consulate officer in Mexico, is an American citizen. 


According to ABC News, Mexico's Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement, "an individual from the United States, allegedly involved in this incident was located and detained. The same individual will be expelled and repatriated to the United States of America where his legal status will be determined."

The man accused of shooting a US consulate officer in Mexico is an American

WARNING | Surveillance video shows the shooting of a U.S. consular officer in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

Prosecutors announced Sunday they captured a man suspected of shooting a U.S. consular officer in Mexico. 

The U.S. embassy named Christopher Ashcraft as the official who was shot in his car Friday evening in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is listed in stable condition, according to ABC News

Prior to capturing the alleged gunman, the FBI was offering a reward of $20,000 for information leading to the identification of the man who shot Ashcraft. 

Surveillance video of the incident showed a man in a purple shirt waiting near a parking garage as a black vehicle pulled up to the gate to exit.

The man in the purple shirt can then be seen pointing a gun at the driver and firing a round through the car's windshield. 

A friend of Ashcraft's told The Washington Post that the consular official was leaving the gym at the time of the shooting. 

The friend added that the gunman reportedly asked the gym's receptionist for Ashcraft by name. At this time, Ashcraft is recovering from a gunshot wound to the right side of his chest and plans to return to the United States for an unspecified period of time to recover, The Washington Post reports. 

There's no word on a motive for the shooting at this time, but attacks on diplomats are considered federal crimes in Mexico.

Since the shooting, the State Department has issued a travel warning for the western state of Jalisco, including the city of Guadalajara, where Ashcraft was shot. 

“U.S. citizens should defer non-essential travel to areas that border the states of Michoacán and Zacatecas because of continued instability,” the travel warning reads. “U.S. government personnel are prohibited from personal travel to areas of Jalisco that border Zacatecas, intercity travel after hours, and from using Highway 80 between Cocula and La Huerta." 

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