One dead, four injured in a shooting attack in Jerusalem; attacker also killed – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

(CNN) – A 26-year-old Israeli man has died after a Hamas gunman launched a shooting attack in Jerusalem‘s old town.

The dead man has been named as Eliyahu David Kay, a recent immigrant from South Africa who worked as a tour guide at the Western Wall. Authorities corrected the victim’s age they previously reported.

Four other people – including a man whose condition was described as serious – were injured in the incident, which took place Sunday morning near the entrance to the Chain Gate of the Al Aqsa Mosque complex, also known as the Temple Mount.

The attacker, who used an improvised automatic weapon commonly known as a Carlo, police say, was shot dead on the spot by police officers.

Israeli Public Security Minister Omar Bar Lev said the gunman was from the Shuafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem and was a member of Hamas’ political wing.

Hamas released a statement identifying the attacker as Fadi Abu Shkaydam, calling him a heroic martyr and describing him as a local leader of the movement.

It said the attack was “in response to attempts to desecrate the Al Aqsa Mosque”.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett told ministers he prayed for the recovery of the injured and that he had instructed security forces to prepare for possible “copycat attacks.”

“We need to be extra vigilant and prevent future attacks,” he said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

In a separate development on Sunday, police now say they are treating a stabbing incident in the city of Jaffa as possible terrorism.

A 67-year-old man suffered minor injuries, police said, after being stabbed by an unknown person who then ran away.

“The findings of the initial investigation strengthen the suspicion that it was carried out for nationalistic reasons,” said a later police report.

Four days ago, a 16-year-old Palestinian was shot dead after stabbing two Israeli border police officers in the Old City, police said.

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