A man burst into a U.S. business, fatally shooting the Israeli-born owner and three others before shooting himself, family and officials said Friday. One of the other victims was also reportedly an Israeli-born man.
Police have not revealed the name or apparent motive of the shooter who injured at least four others in the Thursday afternoon attack in Minnesota. They said a search of the suspect's home turned up nothing.
According to the reports in the local press, the shooter was a worker who was made redundant.
The owner of Accent Signage, Reuven Rahamim, 61, was shot to death in "a senseless act of violence," son-in-law Chad Blumenfield said in a statement.
Authorities have not revealed the names of the others who died.
Rahamim was born and raised in Israel and served as a soldier in the Israeli army before coming to the U.S., Blumenfield said.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton expressed his condolences.
"I deplore this senseless violence," Dayton said. "There is no place for it anywhere in Minnesota."
U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison, who recently visited Rahamim's business, said in a statement:
"I am deeply saddened by last night's deadly shooting at Accent Signage in Minneapolis, and my thoughts are with the families of those lost.
"Accent has been a model for export practices in Minneapolis. Just a few weeks ago, I visited the business with Mayor Rybak and was able to see their success firsthand.
"Now is a time for the Minneapolis metropolitan community to come together in mourning and solidarity," he said.
Mark Appelbaum, an Israeli friend of Mr. Rahamim, told Haaretz the victim was a well-known figure in the community, who was deeply involved in the Jewish life.
"He lived here many years, almost 30 I think, but he was always very connected to Israel, raised money for Sderot. Everybody knows him, and when on Thursday we heard the news about the shooting in the area where his business is, it was the first thought, that it might be at his company, because it's not an industrial area."
"On Yom Kippur we spent a day together at the synagogue. He was a great person, very optimistic, who contributed a lot of his time and energy to other people and the community. As Israelis and Jews, the first thought automatically is that it has something to do with person's religion or origin, but this is not the case here."
A couple of hours before his death, Rahamim gave an interview to a Star Tribune freelance reporter about growing up on a farm in Israel "with no running water and a hole in the ground for a toilet," and working in a sign factory by the age of 14.
Reuven Rahamim has two grown daughters and a son in a high school.
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