Accused embassy gunman in DC said he feared Cuban organized crime

A Cuban man who sought asylum in the U.S. sprayed nearly three dozen rounds into the front of the Cuban Embassy in Washington using an AK-47 rifle because he told police he wanted to "get them before they could get him."

Court papers made public Friday say 42-year-old Alexander Alazo, of Texas, claimed asylum in the U.S. in 2007.

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He said he received threats from Cuban organized crime groups years later and has feared they are targeting him.

Police say Alazo opened fire at the Cuban Embassy around 2 a.m. Thursday.

He's charged with violent attack on a foreign official or premises, firearms offenses and other charges.