Dominican minister shot dead in his office

STORY: The Dominican Republic’s environment minister was shot dead in his office on Monday.

A spokesman for the president's office said a suspect identified as Miguel Cruz was arrested.

Cruz was a childhood friend of minister Orlando Jorge Mera, but no motive was given for the attack.

Employees at the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources told journalists..

that they heard at least seven shots from within the building.

Police units arrived on the scene shortly after.

Mera, a 55-year-old lawyer, was the son of former President Salvador Jorge Blanco, who was in office from 2002 to 2006.

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