2 U.S. officials shot in Caracas nightclub

(CNN) -- Two U.S. military officials who work at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, were wounded in a shooting early Tuesday, U.S. officials said.

The U.S. State Department said that two members of the embassy suffered non-life-threatening injuries but did not provide details.

The injured officials worked with the embassy's defense liaison office, according to two U.S. officials who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the situation.

The two injured embassy officials were shot at a nightclub in northeast Caracas, said an attending physician at a hospital in the Venezuelan capital. One was shot in the abdomen and the leg, and the other in the abdomen, Dr. Carlos Pacheco said.

The State Department did not immediately release the names of the two injured officials.

The shooting occurred at the Antonella 2012 club, said Miroslava Gomez, a police spokeswoman.

Police and investigators combed the club, located in the basement of a mall, but did not speak to reporters outside Tuesday.

Signs posted outside the door of the club described it as a "weapon-free zone" and said the entrance of couples, unaccompanied women or anyone under 30 is forbidden.

Images of scantily clad women dancing around poles were plastered on a wall just inside the club's entrance.

State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell would not elaborate on what kind of establishment the officials were at, except to say it was "some sort of social spot."

"I have no information on the site whatsoever," he told reporters.

The department was not aware of any arrests, Ventrell said, but it is in contact with local authorities.

Embassy security and health unit personnel were at the hospital and have reached out to the officials' families, Ventrell said.

CNN's Larry Shaughnessy and Paul Courson and journalist Osmary Hernandez contributed to this report.


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