Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNN)One person has been killed in Sri Lanka after the bodyguards of a deposed government minister opened fire on a crowd of protestors amid a worsening constitutional crisis.
Sri Lanka constitutional crisis turns violent
Sunday's shooting follows a tumultuous 48-hours in the island nation, as the country comes to grips with President Maithripala Sirisena's shock dismissal of his cabinet, the suspension of parliament, and the appointment of former strongman president Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister.
The shooting occurred on Sunday, as crowds loyal to the president attempted to prevent recently deposed petroleum minister Arjuna Ranatunga from entering a government building in the capital, Colombo.
As the crowds surged forward, bodyguards of Ranatunga, a former Sri Lankan cricket captain, opened fire, killing one and injuring three others. One bodyguard has since been taken into custody and an investigation was under way, police spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekera confirmed.
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting, Ranatunga was rushed into the building, which houses the headquarters of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, a national oil and gas company.
Speaking to reporters later Sunday, after being rescued by police commandos, Ranatunga said his bodyguards opened fire because the crowd "was trying to kill me."