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Accused embassy gunman said he feared Cuban organized crime

4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago Friday, May 01 2020 May 1, 2020 May 01, 2020 3:46 PM May 01, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By MICHAEL BALSAMO and BEN FOX
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Cuban man who sought asylum in the U.S. sprayed nearly three dozen rounds into the front of the Cuban Embassy in Washington using an AK-47 rifle because he told police he wanted to “get them before they could get him.” Court papers made public Friday say 42-year-old Alexander Alazo, of Texas, claimed asylum in the U.S. in 2007. He said he received threats from Cuban organized crime groups years later and has feared they are targeting him. Police say Alazo opened fire at the Cuban Embassy around 2 a.m. Thursday. He’s charged with violent attack on a foreign official or premises, firearms offenses and other charges.

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