Israel Police confirmed that both Palestinian terrorists, cousins, were arrested, one shot after killing four Israelis with multiple casualties at Tel Aviv’s Sarona complex.
By JPOST.COM STAFF, BEN HARTMAN
At least four people were killed and multiple others wounded in a suspected terrorist shooting Wednesday night in central Tel Aviv’s popular Sarona complex.
Police confirmed that two attackers were arrested and one was shot and wounded. Footage from the scene showed an armed civilian firing shots at one of the suspected perpetrators.
According to unconfirmed reports by police sources, two assailants had dressed up as ultra-Orthodox Jews.
Ten wounded people were evacuated to the nearby Ichilov Medical Center. The hospital later pronounced the deaths of four people, and said one other causality was in life-threatening condition, while five others were in serious condition and three were in moderate-to-light condition.
An eyewitness named Ofer told Army Radio that a flock of people fled the area during the incident and chaos ensued.
A large contingency of police officers were in the area distancing bystanders from the scene. Police later ruled out the possibility of additional perpetrators involved in the attack.
Following the shooting, the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality issued a statement urging the public to stay away from the scene.
The Defense Ministry was due to convene an emergency assessment meeting on Wednesday night, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to attend shortly after he returned from a trip to Russia.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai was defiant following Wednesday night’s terror shooting attack at the Sarona shopping complex.
Huldai told the media at the scene of the incident that Tel Aviv has been a target for terrorists for years, but the city would not be stopped by such attacks.
“We will continue to create, to build and to go out in this city,” Huldai said.
The mayor cautioned, however, that the investigation into the incident was ongoing and residents should heed the calls of authorities to avoid arriving at the scene of the attack.
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