US Embassy employee shot in Venezuela: police

FABIOLA SANCHEZ

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A Venezuelan police official says a military attaché at the U.S. Embassy has been injured in a shooting.

The official says that Roberto Ezequiel Rosas was shot in the right leg during an argument when he was leaving a night club in the Chacao district of Caracas. She says he was taken to a local hospital. His condition was not immediately clear.

The official spoke Tuesday on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to release the information publicly.

Embassy officials didn't immediately answer requests for comment.

Crime is a serious problem for Venezuela, which has one of the world's highest murder rates.

Venezuela's government expelled two U.S. military attaches in March for allegedly talking to members of the country's armed forces. Washington responded by ejecting two Venezuelan diplomats.