December 11, 2023

By Alicia Leon and Joseph Wilson | Related Press

MADRID — Veteran Spanish right-wing politician Alejandro Vidal-Quadras was shot within the face in broad daylight on a central Madrid road on Thursday. His life was not at risk, in keeping with the hospital the place he was rushed for therapy.

Police stated Vidal-Quadras was attacked at round 1:30 p.m. native time close to his house and that he was aware when taken to a hospital by emergency crews. A motive for the taking pictures wasn’t instantly disclosed.

In line with Spanish state information company EFE, police imagine the shooter fled the scene on a bike, sporting a black helmet.

4 hours after the taking pictures, Madrid’s Gregorio Marañón hospital issued its first public medical report on Vidal-Quadras’ situation. The hospital stated the gunshot had fractured his jawbone and that he’ll bear surgical procedure. It stated he was in steady situation and that his life was not at risk.

Vidal-Quadras, 78, was a long-time member of Spain’s conservative Fashionable Occasion, its regional chief in Catalonia, and a European Parliament member earlier than leaving after three a long time when he fell out with then-Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

After he broke away, he helped discovered the far-right Vox occasion. He left Vox shortly after a failed try and win a European lawmaker seat in 2014.

Police are investigating the taking pictures and have but to make any arrests.

“Thank God evidently Alejandro Vidal-Quadras is out of hazard,” Vox President Santiago Abascal stated.

Fashionable Occasion President Alberto Núñez Feijóo deplored the taking pictures and wished for his restoration. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez expressed his concern on X, the social media platform previously referred to as Twitter.

“All my heat at this second (is) for him and his household,” Sánchez stated.

Vidal-Quadras served as a vp for the European Parliament and took a heavy curiosity in international affairs, collaborating within the legislature’s delegations to the previous Soviet republics Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

He has not been lively in politics for a number of years however has maintained a public function as a media commentator and columnist. There have been no quick reviews that the assault might have a political motivation.

Wilson reported from Barcelona, Spain.