It was one of the most shocking stories of recent years — the Russian ambassador to Turkey, shot dead by an assailant during an appearance at an art gallery.
Mevlut Mert Altintas, a 22-year-old policeman, was killed after assassinating Ambassador Andrey Karlov on Monday in Ankara, according to CNN. The assassination, apparently spurred on by Russia’s intervention in the Syrian conflict, sent shock waves throughout the world community.
Hours later, another chilling incident happened in Ankara — this time directed at the U.S. embassy in the city.
According to the U.K. Telegraph, a man was detained after firing shots around the American embassy, which was right across the street from the art gallery in which the ambassador was killed. No one was hurt in the shooting.
The incident occurred about 3:50 in the morning, or a little before eight on Monday night on the East Coast of the United States.
CNBC reports that the man came up to the embassy and drew a pump-action shotgun out of his coat. He then fired about eight shots into the air before security overpowered him.
Russian investigators have apparently arrived at Ankara to investigate the shooting. Consulates in the Turkish cities of Istanbul and Adana were closed, as well. Several other countries also closed their embassies after threats.
According to CNN, the off-duty police officer who shot Ambassador Karlov said that he was doing it because of the bloodshed in Aleppo.
“Allahu akbar (God is greatest). Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria! Do not forget Aleppo! Do not forget Syria!” Altintas screamed. “Only death will remove me from here. Everyone who has taken part in this oppression will one by one pay for it!”
He was later shot and killed.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that he was sending an investigative team to Ankara to see if he could help investigate the death of Ambassador Karlov.
“Our presidents agreed that in addition to the actions launched by the Turkish special services, a Russian investigative group would fly to Ankara,” Lavrov said. “As far as I understand, it has landed in the Turkish capital.”
“This heinous attack on a member of the diplomatic corps is unacceptable, and we stand united with Russia and Turkey in our determination to confront terrorism in all of its forms,” a White House spokesperson said in a statement on the attack.
No word yet on whether American authorities will be involved in the investigation into the shooting.