3 Dead, More Wounded in Central Tel Aviv Shopping Mall Shooting

Witnesses say suspects dressed like 'ultra-Orthodox Jews'
June 8, 2016 Updated: June 8, 2016

At least three people were left dead and more were injured on Wednesday evening in a shooting at a shopping mall in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The two attackers, whom police said are relatives in their 20s, were captured, NBC reported. It’s unclear if there are more suspects.

The two gunmen were dressed like “ultra-Orthdox Jews,” witnesses told Israeli media outlets, according to Haaretz and the Times of Israel. “An eyewitness told Israel Radio that the gunmen were dressed up as ultra-Orthodox men. Other reports said they were dressed in semi-formal attire: black pants, white shirts and ties. Police wouldn’t address the claims,” the Times reported.

The shooting, which is a suspected terror attack, occurred at the Saron Market in central Tel Aviv that draws crowds of shoppers and diners.

The Haaretz publication reported that all those who were wounded were transported to nearby hospitals. One of the shooters was captured by police, and the other was hospitalized in serious condition in Ichilov Hospital.

Yoni Yagodovsky, a spokesman for Israel’s emergency rescue service, told NBC that at least eight people were wounded in total. Rescue workers found injured people in about five separate areas because they tried fleeing the shooting.

The suspects are “two Palestinians from the South Hebron Hills,” the Jerusalem Post quoted Likud party member Amir Ohana as saying. He later told reporters: “We need to see who sent the terrorists and to find them.”

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai went to the Ichilov Hospital following the shooting, saying his city would “continue with our lives.”

“Terror will not silence us, we will return to work tomorrow,” he said, according to Israel’s Channel 10 TV.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who arrived in Tel Aviv at around 10 p.m. following his two-day trip to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin, had been briefed on the shooting attack. He will go directly to the Tel Aviv army headquarters, located near the Sarona Market, according to the Times of Israel. 

The paper reported, “The head of Military Intelligence Maj. Gen. Herzi Halevy, Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich, and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan were at the scene.”