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Campaign worker shot outside Texas polling station

A 55-year-old man holding a constable candidate’s campaign sign was shot in the left leg Tuesday outside a San Juan, Texas, polling place, NBC News reported.

The individual was standing next to the curb outside a fire station being used as a polling station when "a suspect in a red pickup truck fired one round," police told NBC News.


Victim Jose Sanchez was transported to McAllen Medical Center, where his injuries are considered non-life threatening, Police Chief Juan Gonzalez told The Monitor newspaper of McAllen, Texas.

San Juan Police could not immediately say whether the shooter intentionally targeted the victim, the constable candidate he represented or fired at random.

Sanchez was holding a sign for Hector "JoJo" Mendez, whose opponent is in the race is Martin "Marty" Cantu, witnesses told The Monitor.

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Mendez told the newspaper that Sanchez was a paid campaign worker he did not know very well.

Voting continued at the station with extra security officers on site at the Raul Longoria Road station. Gonzalez, the police chief, said he wants to "make sure no one is afraid to go and vote."

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