A 19-year-old was arrested late on Thursday (28 January) on suspicion of murder after the assassination of Turkish Consul-General Kemal Arikan in Los Angeles.
GV Turkish consul's Kemal Arikan car crashed into fence off Los Angeles Road. ZOOM INTO car with body in car. (3 SHOTS)
GV Car accident that resulted after shooting.
SCU Rick Collette, witness, speaking.
SVs Body being taken out of car and covered. (2 SHOTS)
SCU INTERIOR File footage of Turkish Consulate after bomb explosion in November, 1981.
SV File footage of Turks and Armenians fighting in street in June, 1981.
GV File footage of Turkish Consul General being interviewed by newsmen.
SCU Chief Daryl Gates of the Los Angeles Police speaking about the assassination.
SCUs Police load members of the murdered man's family into car.
SVs Police knocking on door of relative.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: COLLETTE: "The car was apparently at a stop light. WE thought they were fire crackers going off; kids throwing them underneath the car. That's what it appeared to be and then the next thing, there were two kids either side, then they just took off up the street and in the car.. you couldn't see the driver, he must have fell over in the seat. He rolled .. the car rolled this way and hit that red car across the street and then ran into the tree."
SEQ. 8: GATES: "Our Public Disorder Intelligence did provide a warning to him very recently. And, ah, apparently that warning was one that he should have heeded."
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Background: A 19-year-old was arrested late on Thursday (28 January) on suspicion of murder after the assassination of Turkish Consul-General Kemal Arikan in Los Angeles. Mr. Arikan, aged 54, was killed by two gunmen while he was sitting in his car at a traffic light near the city centre on Thursday (28 January). Shortly after the killing, a caller telephoned a newspaper in the city and claimed responsibility for the shooting, in the name of the "Justice Commandos for the American Genocide". The group, which says the Turks killed more than a million Armenians in 1915, has previously claimed responsibility for bomb attacks on Turkish offices in the United States. Los Angeles police chief Daryl Gates said detectives had warned Mr. Arikan a week ago that his life may be in danger but the diplomat had refused police protection. An eye-witness, Rick Collette, spoke of what saw as the Consul-General was shot on his way to his office.