A Tlaquepaque city councilor was shot three times while waiting with his family to take a table at La Trattoria, one of the city’s most popular Italian restaurants, located on Guadalajara’s Avenida Niños Heroes.
Alberto Alfaro was rushed to a private hospital in the Providencia neighborhood, where medics were able to save his life. He was shot in the arm, chest and leg. The assailants, who fled on a motorcycle, have not been apprehended.
Alfaro, who belongs to the opposition Morena Party (the municipality is governed by the Citizens Movement), was involved in an incident with state police officers in March of last year. Officers fired a warning shot after he failed to stop his vehicle, resulting in a chase. Alfaro, a 54-year-old businessman in the Tlaquepaque restaurant sector, believed he was the target of a kidnapping and was unsure the officers were bona fide. Tlaquepaque Mayor María Elena Limón assigned the councilor a personal bodyguard after the incident. This protection, however, was removed in December of last year, because, according to Alfaro, he voted against one of Limón’s pet projects.
Through his Facebook page, Alfaro is offering a reward for any information about the attempt on his life.