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4 Dead, 6 Wounded in Shooting in Israeli Shopping Complex

4 Dead, 6 Wounded in Shooting in Israeli Shopping Complex
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By    |   Wednesday, 08 June 2016 03:16 PM

Two Palestinian gunmen killed at least four people at a popular shopping and restaurant area in Tel Aviv on Wednesday in an attack that sent diners, some clutching small children, running for their lives just outside Israel's Defense Ministry.

Both gunmen, identified by police as Palestinians from a village near the city of Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, were apprehended, and one was wounded.

Security footage showed the pair, dressed in suit and tie and posing as customers at a restaurant, suddenly pull out automatic weapons and open fire, shooting one man point blank, as other diners fled.

Police said the assailants killed four people in the 9:30 p.m. local time assault and that six were wounded.

The attack occurred in the Sarona Market complex, The Jerusalem Post reports. Two attackers were arrested and one was shot and wounded, according to police.

"The preliminary investigation indicates that there are a number of wounded who are being treated by paramedics," Israeli police said in a statement reported by BNO News. "We ask the public not to approach the area."

At least six people who had been wounded were being treated by paramedics, according to the report, with one being in a life-threatening condition.

Four of the wounded are adults in serious condition. They were taken to a nearby hospital, where they were in the operating room, Haaretz reports.

Gunfire erupted shortly before 9:30 p.m. local time at the Sarona Market complex, which contains 91 shops, stalls and restaurants, BNO reports.

Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told BNO that police units were at the scene and were working to secure the area.

Video from the scene showed police taking at least two people — believed to be shooters — into custody near the market, BNO reports, but a search is continuing for a possible third shooter.

The attack was the first following in lull after almost daily street attacks by Palestinians against Israelis which began in October and lasted several months. 

Tel Aviv District Police Chief Moshe Edri told Haaretz.com that no terror alert had been issued before the shooting and that he had no information about another shooter at large.

Two armed men opened fire near the Benedict restaurant in the retail complex, according to Haaretz. They then began shooting into the street.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was meeting with Defense Ministry officials on the shooting, Haaretz reports.

Twitter footage shows police shooting one of the suspects and arresting another. Other video shows injured people being aided by first-responders.

First responders described a scene of chaos with many wounded.

"When I arrived at the scene I saw a woman who was unconscious and not breathing and in critical condition," Yechiel Miller, a volunteer first-responder, told The Times of Israel. "We began resuscitation efforts.

"We also treated numerous other individuals who suffered gunshot wounds and wounds from shrapnel."

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai expressed condolences to the families of the victims.

"We in Tel Aviv have for years been a target of terrorism," Huldai told the Times. "No terrorism will defeat us."

Reuters contributed to this report.

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Four people were killed and many others wounded Wednesday night in a shooting that Israeli authorities suspect may be terrorism in a shopping complex in downtown Tel Aviv.
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Wednesday, 08 June 2016 03:16 PM
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