Suspect in US Consulate Shooting Captured, Mexican Officials Say

The shooter aimed and fired as the victim left a parking garage at a Guadalajara mall Friday evening.


The video shows a man wearing a T-shirt waiting for a auto to pull up to a security gate. The vehicle lurches forward, then stops, as several people begin rushing toward the driver.

Later that day, the American consulate there released a video of the shooting that showed a man in dark blue shirt and trousers waiting near a security gate. A surveillance video of the attack has been doing rounds on social media. He is wearing a grey tank top and red shorts. As he walks away, the man in the purple shirt follows.

"The safety and security of our employees overseas is among our highest priorities", the United States embassy said in a statement. "We are working closely with Mexican law enforcement ‎in this matter". That information blackout included the man's condition; however, Mexico's attorney general said the victim was in "stable" condition and under protection. He was shown in a nearby coffee shop near the time of the shooting.

According to the friend, an assailant reportedly asked for Ashcraft by name at the gym's reception, then followed him to his vehicle. As the auto drove up, the man pulled out a gun and shot the person in the vehicle. "But it wasn't random".

There has been no indication as to the motive for the shooting, but Guadalajara is a known bastion of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, one of Mexico's most powerful and violent drug gangs. In recent years, the drug cartel has been responsible for violence, targeting Mexican soldiers and police.

Ashcraft's LinkedIn profile lists him as a foreign service officer at the U.S. Department of State with "experience related to Middle East/North Africa and Latin America".

The department already prohibits government officials from traveling between cities or using certain highways. The US Embassy in Mexico City refused to reveal the identity of the official or his details about his health citing "privacy reasons", reported AP.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico issued a safety warning after the shooting, urging American citizens in the Guadalajara area to restrict their movements outside their homes and places of work.

  • Rogelio Becker