Gun horror in Madrid as former head of Spain’s People’s Party is ambushed and shot in the face
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The former head of Spain’s People’s Party in the Catalonia region was shot in the face in Madrid on Thursday, police said.
Alejo Vidal-Quadras, 78, was shot on Núñez de Balboa street in the wealthy Salamanca area of central Madrid at about 1.30pm.
A Civil Protection spokesperson said Vidal-Quadras retained consciousness and was rushed to the nearby Gregorio Marañón hospital, while police are now hunting for two people who fled the scene on a motorbike, with the shooter wearing a black helmet.
Witnesses described the attacker as a ‘young, small man’ who was wearing jeans and a dark coat.
Police have cordoned off the area where the shooting happened. No arrests have yet been made, police said.
Hospital staff later confirmed to El Pais that Vidal-Quadras is in a stable condition with a single gunshot wound to the jaw.
Vidal-Quadras was the head of the centre-right PP in Catalonia and was also the Vice-President of the European Parliament from 2009-2014, when he left the group to join newly created party Vox.
Vidal-Quadras is pictured here in 2009
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