Spanish politician shot in the face range in Madrid with gunman on the loose

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    A Spanish former politician has been shot in the head and has since been rushed to hospital.

    Well-known politician Alejo Vidal-Quadras received a gunshot wound to the face earlier today (November 9) at around 2pm. Police responded to the incident on Núñez de Balboa Street in the Spanish capital and are understood to now be on the hunt for a young man wanted in connection to the incident.

    The suspect is understood to have carried out the shooting and then fled the scene on a motorbike. According to Okdiario, investigations are already underway with officials requesting CCTV footage from the scene in a bid to find the licence plate of the getaway vehicle.

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    Former MEP Mr Vidal-Quadras is understood to have been transferred in a conscious and stable state to a hospital in the city. As well as working as a politician he is a radiation scientist.

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    From 1999 to 2014 Mr Vidal-Quadras served as a member of the European Parliament and was the first vice president of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2007.

    The 78-year-old ran for the People's Party until 2014 when he announced he was leaving to run instead with Vox. He has also previously served in the Barcelona City Council, the Parliament of Catalonia and the Spanish Senate.

    In the hours before the shooting he posted on X, the social media platform previously known as Twitter, about an argument centring around amnesty for Catalan separatists being granted amnesty in exchange for supporting a socialist-led government. e titled it an "infamous pact" that would "crush the rule of law in Spain".

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