JERUSALEM (VINnews) — One Jewish man was murdered and another seriously injured in a shooting attack which occurred in the Muslim quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.
Shortly before 9 AM, A terrorist attacked civilians and police in the Muslim quarter, opening fire from an m12 Beretta submachine gun . According to current reports, one person was murdered in the attack and another 46-year-old man was seriously injured and evacuated to Hadassah hospital’s trauma unit where he is undergoing surgery. 2 other policemen were lightly injured. The terrorist with the gun, a 42-year-old resident of the Shuafat refugee camp north of Jerusalem, was neutralized by female border police. Initially it was thought that the terrorist was dressed as a chareidi since he was wearing long clothes and Muslim-style headcovering.
The man shot dead in the attack has been identified as 26-year-old Eliyahu David Kay, a new immigrant from South Africa living in the city of Modi’in. Kay worked as a guide in the Western Wall tunnels, and was on his way to the Western Wall to pray.
The terrorist was later identified as 42-year-old Fadi Abu Shehadi, a Hamas political operative who used to pray daily in Temple Mount.
In a chilling clip taken from above Hashalshelet street, the central street traversing the Old City, a man is heard crying: “help, help, save me” and then a burst of gunfire is heard.
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A picture circulating on social media shows the Tefillin Shel Yad of one of the injured victims with a bullet hole inside it.
The gates of the Old City have been sealed and large police forces are present in the area.
Police chief Kobi Shabtai said that “there is no doubt that this is a serious attack perpetrated by a known Hamas operative. Police responded fast and within 32 seconds came from a number of directions and eliminated the terrorist. Unfortunately one person was shot and killed. We are continuing the investigation of the circumstances of the terrorist and those who were close to him.”
Yaakov, a resident of the area, said that he heard shots while he was studying nearby. “I thought this was the usual shooting from nearby villages, but it was too loud. We went back to the dining room and heard sirens but we didn’t think it was a shooting attack.
“Unfortunately there are people who are trying to change our lives. There is one side that does not want to live together with us. We are always vigilant in the Old City but it requires a Divine miracle to prevent these things from happening.”