Palestinian gunman kills two in Jerusalem

A Palestinian gunman opened fire near Israeli police headquarters in Jerusalem on Sunday, killing two people and injuring several others before being killed by police.

The gunman drove toward a busy stop on the city’s light rail where he opened fire, seriously injuring a 60-year-old woman, according to the Associated Press. He continued driving and shot another woman seated in her car, the AP reported.

He sped off but was later confronted by police and was shot. A 30-year-old police officer was critically injured in the shootout,  AP reported.

Police identified the gunman as a 39-year old from east Jerusalem who had a lengthy arrest record and was due to report Sunday for a prison sentence, AP reported.

The State Department issued a statement condemning the attack and extended condolences to those killed.

“We also condemn the statements glorifying this reprehensible and cowardly attack,” the State Department said.

Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for Gaza’s Islamic Hamas leaders, welcomed the attack in a statement saying it was “a natural response,” according to the Associated Press.


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