UPDATE: 13:21 EST: Igor Korotchenko, Editor- in-chief of Russian publication, National Defense magazine inferred US involvement in the assassination, tweeting:
"The murder of the Russian Ambassador in Turkey is not a single action-Islamist this conspiracy yarn which, it can be assumed that stretch across the ocean”
"When they kill the ambassadors-the air smells distinctly of war”
"The murder of the Russian Ambassador in Turkey was committed to disrupt an agreement for a peaceful settlement in Syria”
"Capture of Palmyra, killing the Russian Ambassador-that we are preparing our "partners”?"
UPDATE: 13:04 EST: The Mayor of Ankara Melih Gökçek has confirmed that the attacker was a policeman, and local officials are reporting that a diploma shows the gunmen graduated from a Turkish police academy in 2014.
Translation of the identification was carrying shows the alleged shooters name as Mert Altintas, a member of Ankara Police’s special operations unit.
Russian Foreign Ministry has said in a statement that they view the attack as a terrorist act and will raise the matter at a UN Security Council meeting.
UPDATE 12:14 EST: RIA Novosti has reported that the Russian ambassador to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, has died.
A Turkish military source told Interfax that the attacker reportedly identified himself as a police officer as he entered the exhibition.
Source: “We have information, from one of the witnesses, that the attacker presented himself as a police officer, showing the relevant ID at the entrance. This information is being checked right now."
UPDATE 12:11 EST: An AP photographer who was in the audience during the attack reported that the shooter shouted "Allahu Akbar" and spoke some words in Russian and fired at least eight shots.
Christian journalist Iben Thranholm told RT: "An attack on a countries ambassador, is an attack on a country as a whole," adding that the assassination attempt is "an outright declaration of war."
UPDATE 12:09 EST: RT has reported that the unanmed gunman has been killed in a shootout inside the building with Turkish security officials.
UPDATE 11:57 EST: Pravda is reporting from Russian embassy and Turkish sources that the shooter was a radical Muslim, working as an assassin for ISIS. "We die in Aleppo, you die here," the gunman is reported as yelling.
A video is currently circulating appearing to show the gunman shooting Ambassador Karlov in the back while he was speaking from the podium.
(ANKARA, TURKEY) The Russian ambassador to Ankara Andrey Karlov was seriously wounded in a gun attack in the Turkish capital on Monday and was taken to hospital, NTV and other broadcasters reported.
Turkish media outlet Hurriyet posted a picture which they indicated was taken from inside the room at the art exhibit where Ambassador Karlov was set to speak. In the photo there are multiple bodies on the ground, including what appears to be the lifeless body of Russia’s diplomat.
BREAKING NEWS Russia Ambassador Shot https://t.co/nectHqZYUG— TRUNEWS™ (@TRUNEWS) December 19, 2016
CNN Turk is reporting gun fire has been heard since the initial shooting of Ambassador Karlov, and Turkish special forces have surrounded the building. NTV is reporting that three individuals were injured in the shooting.
Russia's Ministry of Defense has reported that Ambassador Karlov recieved a shot in the shot. Officials in Ankara are reporting that the gunman is still at large. NTV reported at 11:53 EST that the gunmen had been 'liquidated'.
Ambassador Karlov has been assigned to Turkey since 2013, and was attending a photo exhibit at the time of the shooting. The diplomats of Russia, Turkey, and Iran were scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the ongoing peace efforts in Syria.
No further details were immediately available.
US President Barack Obama said Thursday during an Interview with NPR that America would respond to the alleged Russian hack of US elections, “at a time and place of our choosing.”
On September 7th Russian President Vladimir Putin's driver was killed in a head on car accident in Moscow, analysis of the video of the accident raises concerns that the accident may have been malicious in nature.