2 killed, 8 wounded in Tel Aviv shooting


A gunman or gunmen opened fire in a busy area of Israel on night, killing at least two people in what may be the latest in a series of terror attacks.

The shooting broke out in a downtown Tel Aviv neighborhood filled with bars and restaurants, sending panicked people running for their lives and sparking a massive armed manhunt by security forces.

Local TV footage showed security forces searching neighborhoods, with police aiming their guns on a high-rise building.

The shootings were reported at “several scenes” on what is the start of the weekend in Israel, according to the Magen David Adom emergency medical services.

At least one of the scenes was Dizengoff Street, where an Arab citizen of Israel killed two people in a shooting in January 2016, the Associated Press reported.

One suspect may be in custody after police raids, according to local media.

Although the motive for the shooting wasn’t known, it comes after a series of terror attacks by Palestinian attackers left 11 people dead ahead of the start last week of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month.

On March 22, four people were killed in a car-ramming and stabbing attack in Beersheba. In a second attack on March 27, two gunmen fatally shot two cops in Hadera.

Two days later, a gunman randomly killed five people and was killed by cops after opening fire on the streets of Bnei Brak, a Tel Aviv suburb.


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