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A California man pleaded guilty on Friday after shooting a U.S. consulate official in January 2017 as he drove out of a Mexican parking lot, according to the Department of Justice.
Zia Zafar, a 33-year-old former medical student, fired a single shot into the car of the vice consul of the U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara as he exited an underground parking garage in Mexico’s second-largest city. Zafar managed to wound the diplomat in the chest, leaving him in serious condition. He had earlier disguised himself in a wig and sunglasses as he waited for his target.
The article goes on to state the following:
“Zia Zafar surveilled and targeted a U.S. official serving in Mexico, lying in wait before shooting him in the chest in a heinous act of premeditated violence,” Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cronan said in a statement released Friday. “Today’s guilty plea sends a clear message that the Department of Justice will aggressively prosecute those who seek to harm U.S. officials serving overseas.”
Zafar pleaded guilty on Friday to one count of attempted murder of an internationally protected person and one count of discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. It follows a FBI and Diplomatic Security Service investigation conducted with the help of their Mexican counterparts and DOJ.
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