Former Venezuelan governor wounded in shooting

AP News
Posted: Mar 25, 2012 12:15 AM
Former Venezuelan governor wounded in shooting

A former state governor in Venezuela has been wounded in a shooting at a restaurant.

Prosecutors say former Apure state Gov. Jesus Aguilarte was attacked by a man who walked into the restaurant and opened fire. Authorities haven't released other details, including what happened to the shooter.

Saturday's shooting took place in the city of Maracay in central Aragua state.

Aragua's governor, Rafael Isea, says on his Twitter account that Aguilarte needed surgery.

Aguilarte was a longtime ally of President Hugo Chavez but resigned as Apure's governor last year, saying he had health problems. The resignation came after Chavez criticized Aguilarte's performance as governor and called the situation in the state a "true disaster."