Ashcraft remained hospitalized Tuesday in Mexico.
Because he has diplomatic status, Ashcroft is considered an internationally protected person working as an agent of the USA government, which is why the case was transferred to the US courts.
A man accused of shooting a USA consular official in Mexico is being arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Alexandria, Virginia, federal court.
A special unit "detained the attacker of the consular official", the Jalisco state prosecutor's office said on Twitter. This statement was released by the U.S. Embassy situated in Mexico City.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued this statement: "On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I want to thank the government of Mexico for their swift and decisive arrest of a suspect in the heinous attack against our Foreign Service officer colleague in Guadalajara, Mexico".
A man injured the consular employee early on Friday.
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Zafar was identified as the suspect after he was recorded on video Saturday paying for a purchase at a local Starbucks using a credit card, which bore his real name, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.
Surveillance video of the attack shows the gunman following the official in a parking garage.
Zafar was living in Guadalajara on a student visa.
He was reportedly driving a Honda Accord with California plates and was carrying the.380 used in the shooting when he was arrested at a gym in a well-to-do neighborhood of Guadalajara on Sunday morning. "They should vary the times and routes of their movements". Authorities say he shot Ashcraft in the chest Friday while he was in his vehicle leaving a parking garage.
USA consular employees and other US agents have been attacked in Mexico in the past; the attackers have usually argued the attacks were cases of mistaken identity.