The ambassador, Andrey Karlov, was injured after he was about to deliver a speech on the opening of the exhibition “Russia in the eyes of Turks.”
— BirGün Gazetesi (@BirGun_Gazetesi) December 19, 2016
TASS news agency, citing eyewitnesses, reports that several shots were taken and the perpetrator shouted “Get out!”
Turkish NTV broadcaster says that three other people were also injured in the attack on the ambassador.
Hurriyet newspaper, citing their own reporter, says that the perpetrator also fired warning shots in the air before targeting Karlov.
Pictures of the ambassador right before he was shot. pic.twitter.com/B5k8foVCjp
— Gilgo (@agirecudi) December 19, 2016
According to the paper, Special Forces surrounded the building where the attack took place and are searching for the gunman.
Witnesses say police are engaged in a shootout with the assailant. This is a developing story and we will keep you posted on any further developments.