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Shooting death of U.S. citizen in Saudi Arabia leads to review of embassy security

Secretary of State John Kerry speaks while meeting with Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe at the State Department, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday that the United States is reassessing its security in Saudi Arabia after two American citizens were shot by a former co-worker.

Kerry said the shooting took place about 20 miles from the U.S. embassy in Saudi Arabia, and said U.S. officials are still investigating the shooting.

Secretary of State John Kerry said officials are re-assessing security for personnel in Saudi Arabia after the shooting death of a U.S. citizen early Tuesday morning. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

"I can tell you that we're in the process of evaluating our security posture," Kerry told reporters. "We're going to stay in very close touch with the Saudi authorities and make our judgments accordingly with respect to any other personnel."

Kerry acknowledged that the shooting may have been the result of a workplace dispute, but said he could not comment on what motive might have been behind the shooting.

According to the Associated Press, the shooter was Abdulaziz Fahad Abdulaziz Alrashid, a man with dual citizenship in Saudi Arabia and America who had been fired from a U.S. defense contractor. He shot two Americans, and the one who died may have turned him in for alleged drug use.

The two victims worked at Vinnell Arabia, a contractor supporting Saudi Arabia's National Guard. The other shooting victim reportedly received non-fatal wounds.

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