A Jewish Israeli man was shot and killed by a security guard Friday morning at the Western Wall. The security guard, a 25-year-old man from northern Israel, is being held by police on suspicion of murder.
Magen David Adom paramedics tried to resuscitate 46-year-old Doron Ben-Shloosh, whose name was revealed by police on Friday afternoon, but he succumbed to his wounds.
Police detained the security guard for questioning on Friday morning, and his detention was extended later Friday by four days, until Tuesday. He has reserved the right to remain silent during questioning.
Initial police reports indicate Ben-Shloosh stormed the security guards while screaming "Allahu Akbar" next to the public bathrooms in the Western Wall Plaza. They responded by firing several shots.
Paramedics said they found the man unconscious and with no signs of life, and found several bullet wounds on his body.
The police is investigating the security guard's claim that the man also tried to pull something out of his pocket. The incident should have been videotaped by the many security cameras installed around the plaza.
The man, who had no known address, was known around the Western Wall area as an eccentric who hung around and was prone to fits of rage in which he would scream and curse.
An eyewitness said the security guard was filling in for someone else and does not normally work at the Western Wall.
The incident took place at about 7:30 A.M., when hundreds of worshippers were attending morning prayers at the Kotel.
David Dahan, who witnessed the incident, was with Ben-Shloosh just seconds before he was shot. This was a guy who volunteered at the Chabad soup kitchen located above the Wall. He used to prepare the meals there, said Dahan. Everyone there knew him – the cops, security guards, the regular worshippers. He had long hair and did not wear a kippa. He was burdened with some heavy loads.
"I finished my prayers this morning and was having coffee on the plaza across from the Wall. He came to sit beside me holding a newspaper. He started leafing through it, looking for an article about the Mossad. He then started cursing the Mossad. Just then a police officer passed by, but since everyone knew him no one took him seriously."
Dahan described Ben-Shloosh as possessed by internal turmoil."
"He got up to go to the bathroom, 20 meters away. All of a sudden I heard gunfire, about seven to 10 shots. Everyone was in shock. Then the policemen started running in that direction."
According to Dahan, who works as the coordinator of social organizations at the Knesset, the victim suffered a lot from being homeless. He was a verbally aggressive man, but he thought that everyone understood that that's him."
Magen David Adom emergency services said that they received a call at 7:30 A.M. When we got there we saw a man lying on the path which leads from the Western Wall plaza to the Jewish quarter, hit by several bullets," said the paramedics who treated him. He was unconscious with no pulse, and was no longer breathing. We tried to resuscitate him but his injuries were too severe so we had to determine his death."
Zeev Hefetz, a paramedic who arrived at the scene said he was hit multiple times and showed no signs of life.