Two people were killed and two others seriously wounded in a shooting attack in Tel Aviv just before 3 p.m. Friday. Five others were wounded — three in moderate condition and two with light injuries. Hours later, the killer is still at large.
Police has launched a massive manhunt for the killer after the fatal shootings on Dizengoff Street; his father, a police volunteer, called the cops after seeing his face on TV, The Times of Israel reports.
Israel knows the identity of the killer, and believes he was carrying out a “nationalistic terror” attack, TV news reports said Friday evening. But a relative, Sami Milhem, who has also served as the suspect’s lawyer, said later he was “not of sound mind,” and noted that his father is a police volunteer.
Police sources said the gunman is an Arab from Wadi Ara in northern Israel, aged 29, and that his father had recognized him from security footage of the attack, and called the police.
The killer was acting out of “Islamist” motives, having been incited to violence, Channel 2 said Friday evening. His relative said he was not aware of any “anti-state tendenies,” however.
Witnesses said some 15 shots were fired in the attack, apparently in semiautomatic bursts from a rifle.
The two victims were named Friday evening as Alon Bakal and Shimon Rawimi.
The shots were fired at locations near the city’s well-known Dizengoff Center Mall, an area that is crowded on Friday afternoons.
Eyewitnesses said the gunman fired into at least three establishments in the area — a bar, a restaurant and a cafe, and then fled. One of the cafe staffers said several people chased after him “but he disappeared” into a side-street.
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