Two men employed at the U.S. embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, were shot around 4 a.m. local time Tuesday after a fight in a strip club, according to news reports.
CBS News reports that the shooting victims are Department of Defense employees "who advise on military matters" at the embassy. Venezuelan media have identified the men as Roberto Ezequiel Rosas and Paul Marwin, AFP reports, but the U.S. State Department has not confirmed their names or that they are military attachés.
Most news reports say the men got in a fight at the Antonella Club before stepping outside, where they were shot. The New York Times reports that the club's entrance is in an underground parking garage in a economically mixed part of town.
The perpetrators have been identified by police, but no arrests have been made, CBS News reports.
Both men are expected to survive. The Times reports that, according to Venezuelan officials, one man was shot in the abdomen and the other in one leg and the abdomen. A doctor treating the men, Carlos Pacheco, told CBS News that only one of the men was shot in the abdomen.
"We can confirm that two members of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas were injured during an incident early this morning," State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in a widely quoted statement. "Medical staff inform us that their injuries do not appear to be life threatening."
In March, Venezuela expelled two Americans working at the U.S. embassy in Caracas that it accused of plotting to recruit Venezuelan military officials to overthrow the government. Those men were identified as Air Force attachés David Delmonaco and Devlin Kostal, according to NBC News.
It's not clear if there was any political motive for the Tuesday shooting. Caracas has an extremely high crime rate.
According to a 2012 report by the State Department, in 2010 Caracas became the capital city "with the highest murder rate in the world, averaging one murder every hour."
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered 3,000 troops to patrol the streets of Caracas earlier this month to rein in criminal gangs. Reuters reports that similar efforts by Maduro's predecessor were unsuccessful.