Palestinian Shooters Kill 4 at Crowded Israeli Market

'He was just shooting point blank at people sitting down'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2016 5:02 PM CDT
Palestinian Shooters Kill 4 at Crowded Israeli Market
Israeli police officers examine the scene of a shooting attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Four people were killed when two Palestinian men opened fire outside a popular market Wednesday night in Tel Aviv, NBC News reports. The BBC quotes the city's police chief, who calls the attack a "pretty serious terrorist incident." A handful of other people were injured—some very seriously—in the attack, according to the Jerusalem Post. The two gunmen were both apprehended. One had been shot and wounded. An armed civilian had reportedly fired at one of the attackers.

Witnesses say the shooters wore white suits and were hanging out at a restaurant before opening fire, the AP reports. "He got up, he had a rifle in his hand," NBC quotes a diner as saying. "He was just shooting point blank at people sitting down." Another witness said he heard 30 to 40 rounds fired. "We ran like lighting with the baby and the stroller," says a mother who was out celebrating her son's birthday, per AP. "I yelled at people who didn't understand what was happening to run." The director of the Sarona market says security guards kept the shooters from entering the market, preventing the violence from being worse. It was the first shooting in Tel Aviv since New Year's Day. (More Tel Aviv stories.)

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