January 21, 2022

VIDEO: Assassin who shot a U.S. consulate official in Mexico is Muslim

Very little enemedia coverage of the Muslim who shot our Ambassador in Mexico, and rest assured, whatever coverage there is will be attributed to “mental illness” or “lone wolfishness.”

US Embassy: A U.S. national was deported from Mexico to the United States and arrested yesterday on a criminal complaint charging him with the attempted murder of a diplomat stationed at the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente for the Eastern District of Virginia, Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro of the FBI’s Miami Field Office, and Director Bill A. Miller of the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) made the announcement.

Zia Zafar, 31, of Chino Hills, California, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of attempted murder of an internationally protected person.   Zafar made his initial appearance in federal court today and is scheduled for a detention hearing on Jan. 13, 2017, before U.S. Magistrate Judge John F. Anderson of the Eastern District of Virginia.

According to the criminal complaint, on Jan. 6, 2017, Zafar disguised himself and followed the Vice Consul of the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara through a parking garage to his vehicle. After the Vice Consul got into his car and drove towards the garage exit, Zafar allegedly shot him once in the chest and fled. The Vice Consul was taken to a local hospital, where he currently remains. Zafar was subsequently detained by Mexican authorities.

Revealed: Would-be assassin, 31, who shot a U.S. consulate official in Mexico is a ‘medical student who grew up in an affluent California suburb’
  • Mexican authorities arrest U.S. man for allegedly trying to kill consulate official
  • Suspect has been named as Zia Zafar – a 31-year-old U.S. citizen from India
  • Gunman was caught on CCTV cameras following victim in Guadalajara on Friday
  • Victim was identified by local media as consulate official Christopher Ashcraft
  • Zafar is said to no longer be in Mexico – it’s unclear if he was deported or handed over to the US in another manner 
  • He reportedly was a medical student in Mexico and grew up in Chino Hills  

The US citizen arrested by Mexican authorities in connection with last week’s shooting of a US consular official reportedly is a medical student who grew up in affluent Chino Hills, California with his mother and sister and may have had a history of mental illness.

An official with the federal Attorney General’s Office said Monday that Zia Zafar, 31, was returned to the US from Mexico, but also that he was recovering in a hospital in Guadalajara after being shot in the chest. It’s unclear when he left.

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The US consulate, Christopher Ashcraft, above, was apparently ambushed as he left an ATM vestibule after working out at a gym
The US consulate, Christopher Ashcraft, above, was apparently ambushed as he left an ATM vestibule after working out at a gym

The US consulate, Christopher Ashcraft, above, was apparently ambushed as he left an ATM vestibule after working out at a gym

The official identified the suspect as Zia Zafar, a U.S. citizen (original media reports had him identified as Zafar Zia).

The victim of the shooting survived the attack Friday. Neither Mexican nor U.S. officials released the victim’s name, but local media have identified him as Christopher Ashcraft. Ashcraft is listed on social networking sites as a consular officer in Guadalajara since 2016.

An American official in the United States who had seen a written summary of the investigation said authorities were still trying to determine a motive for the shooting.

The official said a preliminary investigation found the suspect had mental health issues. The U.S. official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the investigation and agreed to speak to the AP only on condition of anonymity.

The official said the victim was recovering at a medical facility in Guadalajara and was in ‘stable condition’ Monday. He was reportedly shot in the chest, according to Mexico News Daily, but it’s unclear by who.

ABC 7 reports that Zafar was a medical student studying in Mexico for the past four years, according to his landlord, and that he grew up in Chino Hills, California with his mother and sister.

The outlet reports that his mother sold their home three weeks ago and moved.

Surveillance video of the attack shows a man wearing purple scrubs, with dark hair and sunglasses, shoot into the official’s car as it exited an underground parking garage. The attacker then runs away.The attacker was wearing sunglasses and a wig, according to Mexico News Daily, and a photo shows him with a buzz cut. He also reportedly had 16 bags of what appeared to be marijuana with him.

After the attack, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City urged citizens to limit their exposure in Guadalajara. ‘They should also take care not to fall into predictable patterns for those movements that are essential,’ the statement continued. ‘They should vary the times and routes of their movements.’

On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement thanking Mexico for the quick arrest.

The Attorney General’s office expressed its ‘deep dismay at this cowardly attack’ and said the victim remained hospitalized in stable condition.