Spanish Right-Wing Politician Shot In Face In Madrid, Shooter Escaped On Motorbike

Police said he was shot around 1:30 p.m. local time and was conscious when taken to a hospital.
Spanish police say that veteran Spanish right-wing politician Alejandro Vidal-Quadras has been taken to a hospital in Madrid after being shot in a street in the capital. (AP Photo/Thierry Charlier, File)
Spanish police say that veteran Spanish right-wing politician Alejandro Vidal-Quadras has been taken to a hospital in Madrid after being shot in a street in the capital. (AP Photo/Thierry Charlier, File)
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MADRID (AP) 鈥 Veteran Spanish right-wing politician Alejandro Vidal-Quadras was shot in the face in broad daylight on a central Madrid street on Thursday, although his life wasn鈥檛 in danger, according to the hospital where he was rushed for treatment.

Police said he was attacked at around 1:30 p.m. local time and was conscious when taken to a hospital by emergency crews. A motive for the shooting wasn鈥檛 immediately disclosed.

According to Spanish state news agency EFE, police believe the shooter was a person who escaped the scene on a motorbike wearing a black helmet.

Around four hours after the shooting took place, Madrid鈥檚 Gregorio Mara帽贸n hospital issued their first public medical report on Vidal-Quadras鈥 condition. The hospital said that the gunshot had fractured his jawbone and that he will undergo surgery. It said he was in stable condition and that his life wasn鈥檛 in danger.

A police officer cordons off the area after a shooting in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. Spanish police say that veteran Spanish right-wing politician Alejandro Vidal-Quadras has been taken to a hospital in Madrid after being shot in a street in the capital. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)
A police officer cordons off the area after a shooting in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. Spanish police say that veteran Spanish right-wing politician Alejandro Vidal-Quadras has been taken to a hospital in Madrid after being shot in a street in the capital. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)
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Vidal-Quadras, 78, was a long-time member of Spain鈥檚 conservative Popular Party, its regional leader in Catalonia, and a European Parliament member before leaving after three decades when he fell out with then Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

After he broke away, he helped found the far-right Vox party. He left Vox shortly after a failed attempt to win a European lawmaker seat in 2014.

Police are investigating the shooting and have yet to make any arrests.

鈥淭hank god it seems that Alejandro Vidal-Quadras is out of danger,鈥 Vox President Santiago Abascal said.

Police officers stand at the area following a shooting in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. Spanish police say that veteran Spanish right-wing politician Alejandro Vidal-Quadras has been taken to a hospital in Madrid after being shot in a street in the capital. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)
Police officers stand at the area following a shooting in Madrid, Spain, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023. Spanish police say that veteran Spanish right-wing politician Alejandro Vidal-Quadras has been taken to a hospital in Madrid after being shot in a street in the capital. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)
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Popular Party President Alberto N煤帽ez Feij贸o deplored the shooting and wished for his recovery.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro S谩nchez expressed his concern on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

鈥淎ll my warmth at this moment (is) for him and his family,鈥 S谩nchez said.

Vidal-Quadras served as a vice president for the European Parliament and took a heavy interest in foreign affairs, participating in the legislature鈥檚 delegations to the former Soviet republics Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

He hasn鈥檛 been active in politics for several years, but he has maintained a public role as a media commentator and columnist. There have been no immediate reports that the attack could have a political motivation.

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Joseph Wilson reported from Barcelona, Spain.

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