SAN SALVADOR — An assailant in a pickup truck shot an elderly American nun in the head as she and two other nuns were riding in another truck, a witness and authorities said Thursday.
Sister Mary MacKey, 72, was in serious condition with a bullet lodged behind her left eye. U.S. Ambassador William G. Walker said she was conscious when he visited her at Policlinica Hospital at midday Thursday.
MacKey, a native of Ireland, is a naturalized American citizen who has worked in Central America since 1963 and in El Salvador since 1983.
The Wednesday evening shooting occurred 10 miles south of here outside Zaragoza, where MacKey, a registered nurse, worked at a home for war orphans. Cpl. Asencio Mejia of the Zaragoza Civil Defense said that the assailants and their vehicle have not been found. The motive for the attack was not known, and a robbery attempt was cited as one possibility.