Israeli police: Gunman wounds several people in Tel Aviv bar

Jan 1, 2016

Two surveillance videos aired by Israeli news media appear to show the attacker before and during the 2:40 p.m. shooting, hours before Shabbat, Judaism’s day of rest that starts on Friday evening.

A gunman is at large after killing two people in a shooting at a popular bar in Tel Aviv.

A pub called Simta, located on the corner of Dizengoff and Gordon streets, very close to the beach, hotels and Dizengoff Center mall, was the target of this man’s murderous act.

Eyewitnesses say the frightening scenes were reminiscent of the recent attacks in Paris.

At least two people have been killed and seven injured during a shooting in a bar in central Tel Aviv.

Those who survived the attack said the killer smiled as he fired round after round at the panicking patrons. He said the shooter’s calm demeanor and the way he was holding and shooting the gun show he was well trained. According to Ben-David, a Qur’an, the Muslim holy book, was found later in the attacker’s bag.

Another police spokesperson, Luba Samri, told the Associated Press that at least three people were wounded.

Channel 10 also later spoke to a man it identified only as Ahmed who it said was a relative of the shooter.

Police said a manhunt was under way in Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial capital.

Daniel Estrin told our Newscast unit that police are searching for the gunman.

Twenty Israelis, an American and an Eritrean have been killed in a wave of Palestinian attacks since October 1 including stabbings, car-rammings and gun fire targeting security forces and civilians. Some 21 Israelis have died and least 131 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire, including 90 identified by Israel as assailants.

Tel Aviv’s Mayor, Ron Huldai asked residents to stay indoors following the attack.

Shimon Ruimi, the second victim, was one of a group of childhood friends celebrating a birthday there when the gunman struck. The injured have been taken to hospital, while security and medical teams have arrived at the scene.

The motive behind the shooting wasn’t immediately clear.

The scene of the shooting


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