Shots fired outside of US Embassy shortly after assassination of Russian diplomat
A man with a shotgun opened fire outside the US Embassy in Ankara just hours after an assassin killed the Russian Ambassador to Turkey. The incident occurred at around 4:30 a.m. local time only a block away from the art gallery.
According to reports, the man torched off 8 or 9 shotgun rounds, and shouted “Don’t play with us!” as he was being detained. His name was reported as “Sahir S” in Turkish media.
The embassy went into temporary lockdown.
Daily Mail reported,
Photographs show him being led away, apparently uninjured. He appears to be in his forties or fifties.
In video footage he can be heard shouting ‘Don’t play with us’ as he pushes against the group of police officers guiding him to a van.
The lockdown was ended and staff were given permission to leave the compound, although the US Embassy advised citizens to avoid the area until Tuesday morning.
A gunman fires 8-9 times in the air outside the US Embassy in Ankara. Police detained the gunman, increased security around the embassy.
— Mahir Zeynalov (@MahirZeynalov) December 20, 2016
The Embassy remained closed on Tuesday.
US Embassy in Ankara and Consulates Istanbul and Adana closed for normal operations today. Visa appointments will be rescheduled.
— US Embassy Turkey (@USEmbassyTurkey) December 20, 2016
— Evin (@UygEv2015) December 20, 2016
The Turkish government is unsure that the assassin who killed the Russian Ambassador acted alone. The proximity and timing of this shooting incident to the killing is suspicious, but may or may not be related.
The suspect in this incident looks to be 40-50 years old. No further details have been released regarding “Sahir S,” so it is unclear what his motives were. Or maybe he was trying to be important and not let that other guy get all the attention.