Ahmed Demir Dogan, 58, a Bulgarian politician and chairman-founder of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms Party in Bulgaria was the subject of an assassination attempt on Saturday, according to CBS News.
The failed assassination attempt took place as Dogan was speaking on stage at a televised conference at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, the capital Bulgaria as well as the largest city in the country.
The BBC has identified the assailant - who pointed a gas pistol at Ahmed Dogan’s head - as Oktai Enimehmedov, an ethnic Turkish man from Burgas who had been previously arrested for drug possession, robberies and hooliganism.
Being televised, the dramatic scene was captured from beginning to end as the 25-year-old gunman climbed on the stage, rushed up to Dogan and pointed his gun to the left side of Dogan’s head. Dogan hit the gun away after the gun misfired. Then security rushed the podium and tackled the gunman to the ground. He was arrested and taken into custody.
Enimehmedov also had two knives on him.
Reports indicate that Dogan is fine following the incident. He has not spoken out regarding the assassination attempt thus far.