Gunman Shoots Colombian Editor


(AP) A gunman shot the deputy editor of a daily newspaper in western Colombia, leaving him in critical condition, a colleague said. The alleged gunman was later arrested.

Orlando Sierra was shot Wednesday as he walked to the offices of La Patria newspaper in Manizales after having lunch, said Alvaro Segura, another editor.

Sierra, 41, was hit several times, including in the head. The identity of the arrested man was not released, and there was no known motive for the shooting. “We know of no threats,” Segura said.

Sierra writes a Sunday column for La Patria and is deputy editor of the newspaper.

Ten journalists were killed in Colombia in 2001, the highest toll for a single country, according to the World Association of Newspapers, a media watchdog group.

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