Posted: Mar 9, 2013 10:25 PM
GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP) - Authorities in Mexico say the recently appointed tourism minister in western Jalisco state was shot to death Saturday while driving in a suburb of Guadalajara in an attack that may have been related to his business dealings.
A state government official says Jose de Jesus Gallegos Alvarez was shot with a 9-mm pistol during a chase as he drove his Toyota SUV in Zapopan.
The official says preliminary investigations indicate the attack was not related to Gallegos' work promoting tourism. Instead, he says the attack may have had to do with his private business dealings.
Jalisco is home to Guadalajara, Mexico's second-largest city, as well as such popular Mexican traditions as mariachi music and tequila.
Gallegos was to serve under new Gov. Aristoteles Sandoval, who was just sworn in March 1.
According to profile material, Gallegos, an engineer, was founder and president of a key developer of the Mayan Resorts and several condominium towers in Guadalajara and resort cities such as Acapulco, Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta.
President Enrique Pena Nieto says he has ordered a thorough investigation.
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