Attempted Assassination of US Consular Official in Mexico

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Attempted Assassination of US Consular Official in Mexico

Postby Navarro » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:43 am

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"An attack on a US consular official in the western Mexico city of Guadalajara was caught on surveillance cameras. FBI offered a $20,000 reward for information on the attacker who is still at large. ... was following the US employee ... The US official is seen withdrawing cash from a terminal, while gunman followed him. ... The gunman awaits the official near the exit of an underground parking. When his car stops at a barrier, the attacker pulls out a gun and shoots a single bullet into windshield, apparently wounding the consular employee, and then runs away.
https://www.rt.com/usa/372941-guman-att ... al-mexico/

Possibly caucasian male, wig and glasses. Method suggests amateur or intimidation.

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Bladed stance, proper handling of the weapon. Video shows muscle memory. Single shot through victim's windshield then runs.

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Re: Attempted Assassination of US Consular Official in Mexico

Postby lcurle » Sun Jan 08, 2017 3:10 pm

Depends on where the victim was hit you can calculate the true angle where the attackers was aiming to rule out any speculation that it was a warning. When shooting into a vehicle through the windshield the bullet will go down to the same linear plane as the point of entry. Lets go over the facts.
1. Broad daylight.
2. Really bad wig and possible nose piece.
3. Angular shot through a windshield when he could have stood on the drivers side of the exit and shot through the window.
4. His stance is military as well as trigger control prior to shooting.
5. He did not finish the job.

Sounds like a warning about something.
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Re: Attempted Assassination of US Consular Official in Mexico

Postby Navarro » Sun Jan 08, 2017 11:34 pm

lcurle wrote:3. Angular shot through a windshield when he could have stood on the drivers side of the exit and shot through the window.

It's not clear whether or not he could have practically stood to the driver's side. Also, while a moderate or high caliber pistol FMJ round can penetrate a standard windshield, an oblique angle increases the probability of penetration. Standing to the driver's side decreases the probability of penetration of the windshield if the intention is to strike the driver. Where, the angle of attack he utilized may have been optimal to achieve penetration. Granted, the side windows would've guaranteed penetration, but there would be less of an opportunity to set up the shot.

lcurle wrote:4. His stance is military as well as trigger control prior to shooting.

While I'm unfamiliar with Mexican military training, American military trains its soldiers to stand square with the target in order to increase the effectiveness of hard body armor, lowering the probability of penetration or ricochet. The Mexican military does equip its soldiers with hard plated armor:
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I would guess the Mexicans and other militaries which equip their soldiers with hard armor to stand square to the target. We then don't observe a military stance, but a law enforcement/secret services stance. The effectiveness of soft armor isn't increased by standing square, and so law enforcement/secret services are trained to position themselves in a bladed stance in order to reduce the size of the target they present to their adversaries. Also, they're trained to position themselves in a bladed stance at all times, not just when shooting, for hand-to-hand combat advantages.

lcurle wrote:5. He did not finish the job.

Sounds like a warning about something.

Agreed. That does appear to be a possibility.

Also, if you reviewed the news article, you saw a video where the assailant was following his target on foot. He could have more easily neutralized his target then, with a higher probability of success, which adds to the chance of the shooter being an amateur or the motivation being intimidation. In that same video, you'll also note that the assailant walks with his right arm immobilized to his side while his left arm swings as he walks. FSB is said to train its agents to walk in such a manner. Consequently, Putin walks that way, always keeping his right hand immobilized in order to maintain its close proximity to his firearm. I'm sure Putin's not armed today, but a lifetime of training and conditioning makes for a difficult habit to break.

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Re: Attempted Assassination of US Consular Official in Mexico

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Re: Attempted Assassination of US Consular Official in Mexico

Postby Navarro » Mon Jan 09, 2017 8:40 am

"A suspect in the brazen broad light shooting attack on a US consulate official in Mexico has been arrested and it’s emerged he’s a US citizen who will be deported to face inquiry at home ... he victim suffered a gunshot wound to the chest ... The victim is recovering at a local hospital in a stable condition ... The identity of the suspect, as well as the motive remain unknown"
https://www.rt.com/usa/373015-diplomat- ... ed-mexico/
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Re: Attempted Assassination of US Consular Official in Mexico

Postby lcurle » Sat Jan 14, 2017 3:41 pm

Rule #1: Don't get caught.
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