Ramos said the shooter was believed to be a member of an “armed gang” linked to the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday the fatal shooting of an opposition leader appeared to be a gangland score-settling, dismissing claims it was politically motivated ahead of elections.
An attacker shot Luis Manuel Diaz dead on Wednesday evening in the central Guarico region at a campaign rally for the December 6 legislative elections, party officials said, ratcheting up fears that violence could erupt in the lead-up to the polls.
The event was also attended by Lilian Tintori, the wife of a jailed opposition leader and a high-profile critic of Maduro.
“They want to kill me,” Tintori told a news conference later. “I hold Nicolas Maduro directly responsible.”
Polls have indicated Maduro’s socialist government could lose its majority in the National Assembly in next month’s vote, potentially weakening his grip on power.
Maduro has warned that if the opposition wins, his side is “politically and militarily prepared to deal with it” and would “take to the streets.”
Diaz was regional coordinator of the Democratic Action party, part of an opposition coalition against Maduro, though Diaz was not running for office.