A suspect is cornered and arrested after a US citizen is shot dead and a second wounded in the Saudi capital Riyadh.
An American has been shot dead and another wounded when their car was fired on in an apparent work-related row in the Saudi Arabia capital Riyadh.
A suspect, identified as American-born Saudi Abdulaziz Fahad Abdulaziz Alrashid, was arrested after the shooting on Tuesday in the city’s eastern district, a police spokesman told state media.
A State Department official said the victims worked for Riyadh-based US defence contractor Vinnell Arabia.
Alrashid, 24, had also worked for the company, but had recently been sacked for drug-related issues, according to a statement issued by the Saudi Embassy in Washington.
The gunman opened fire at a petrol station not far from the Vinnell Arabia base in Riyadh.
He was then wounded during an exchange of gunfire with security forces and taken into custody, according to a police statement carried by the SPA state news agency.
His condition and the condition of the surviving victim was not immediately known. Both were taken to hospital.
An investigation is under way to determine a motive for the shooting, Interior Ministry spokesman Major General Mansour Turki said.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said US officials “are in close contact with the Saudi government as we continue to gather details about the shooting and motive”.
Mr Turki said a third US national in a separate vehicle witnessed the attack – the first killing of a Westerner in Saudi Arabia in years.
In 2007, three French nationals were shot dead while camping in the northwest of the kingdom.
The group of gunmen suspected of carrying out that attack allegedly had ties to al Qaeda. They are awaiting a verdict in the case.
From 2003 to 2006, al Qaeda carried out a series of attacks across Saudi Arabia on foreign and government targets that killed hundreds before being crushed by the kingdom’s security forces.
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