Published Tuesday, 07 January 2014
Monica Spear, pictured in 2004 when she was crowned Miss Venezuela. (© Getty)
The shooting is understood to have happened after the car Henry Thomas Berry, 39, and 29-year-old Monica Spear were travelling in broke down near Puerto Cabello in Venezuela.
According to reports, their little girl was also injured.
She is said to be in a stable condition in hospital.
Amid some confusion as to whether Mr Berry is Irish or British, representatives from the Irish Department for Foreign Affairs are liaising with officials at the Irish Embassy in Mexico - which also covers Venezuela.
It is understood that Mr Berry lived in Venezuela, while Ms Spear lived in the US and had been on holiday in the South American country at the time of the attack.
Ms Spear was crowned Miss Venezuela in 2004 and was an actress in soap operas for the US-based Telemundo network.
Murder rates in Venezuela are among the highest in the world.
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