#1 Two US embassy personnel shot in Venezuela05-28-2013, 07:14 PM
(AFP) – 1 hour ago
CARACAS — Two employees of the US embassy in Venezuela were shot and wounded early Tuesday in the capital Caracas, in a murky incident that local media and a police source said took place at a strip club.
"We can confirm that two members of the US embassy in Caracas were injured during an incident early this morning," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters in Washington.
"Medical staff inform us that their injuries are not life-threatening," he added, noting that they were hurt at "some sort of a social spot" but without specifying the venue or nature of their injuries.
US diplomatic sources later confirmed to AFP that the two men were shot.
The Venezuelan media identified the two men as Roberto Ezequiel Rosas and Paul Marwin, and said they were military attaches at the embassy, but neither the State Department nor the embassy in Caracas would confirm those reports.
"My understanding is that they are other agency personnel, not from the State Department," Ventrell said.
Venezuelan television channel Globovision reported on its website that the incident took place at the Antonella bar located in a shopping center in the Chacao district of Caracas, after an altercation with other bar patrons.
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05-29-2013, 09:43 AM
American strip clubs are bad enough, I can just imagine how dangerous they are in third world countries!
Seriously, strip clubs in Detroit can be dangerous places, both for shootings and for serial killers to troll for victims among the strippers, who are frequently also employed as prostitutes on their "breaks".
Then there's the one out by metro airport (called The Landing Strip) that is well-known for hiring underage girls to work there and providing them with fake id cards.
05-29-2013, 11:36 AM
This could have been anything from a fight in the club to a targeted assault. Americans are not popular in Venezuela and I'm surprised that we are maintaining a full embassy there in view of the regime's open hostility.
05-29-2013, 12:26 PM
We could say they are spending like drunken sailors. That would be unfair to drunken sailors, they're spending their OWN money.
05-29-2013, 12:29 PM
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