Former head of Spain's People's Party is shot in the face in Madrid

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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