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Photos: An assassination before their eyes

In a violent scene that played out in front of reporters Monday, gunfire erupted at a photo exhibition, where Russia’s ambassador was one of the speakers, killing the diplomat and wounding others. One gunman was killed, Russian officials said.

News photographers at the event captured the assassination as it unfolded:

At left, the gunman believed to have assassinated Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov stood behind the diplomat during the opening minutes of his speech.
At left, the gunman believed to have assassinated Russian Ambassador Andrei Karlov stood behind the diplomat during the opening minutes of his speech. (Burhan Ozbilici/Associated Press)
Following the shooting, the gunman was said to have shouted in Turkish ‘‘Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria!’’
Following the shooting, the gunman was said to have shouted in Turkish ‘‘Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria!’’ (Burhan Ozbilici/Associated Press)
Following the assassination, the gunman reportedly yelled: “Stand back! Stand back! Only death will take me out of here. Anyone who has a role in this oppression will die one by one.”
Following the assassination, the gunman reportedly yelled: “Stand back! Stand back! Only death will take me out of here. Anyone who has a role in this oppression will die one by one.” (Outyavuz Alatan/AFP/Getty Images)
A child nearby was held after the shooting.
A child nearby was held after the shooting.(Burhan Ozbilici/Associated Press)
CNN Turk television reported that the shooting continued after the attack targeting the ambassador.
CNN Turk television reported that the shooting continued after the attack targeting the ambassador. (Burhan Ozbilici/Associated Press)
Frightened onlookers huddled together in the gallery after the shooting.
Frightened onlookers huddled together in the gallery after the shooting. (Burhan Ozbilici/Associated Press)
Turkish police secured the area after the assassination.
Turkish police secured the area after the assassination. (EPA/STR)