WASHINGTON – The United States condemned on Sunday an attack outside the Old City of Jerusalem that wounded at least eight people the night before, including at least five Americans, according to a statement from the U.S. State Department.
“Our ambassador to Israel and U.S. officials in Jerusalem are in touch with the families of the U.S. citizen victims, to whom we have offered our sympathies and support,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in the statement.
“Our team in Jerusalem has been working around the clock to support the victims and their families, and will continue to monitor the situation closely," the statement read.
"The U.S. Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas," it added. "Our team in Jerusalem has been working around the clock to support the victims and their families, and will continue to monitor the situation closely."
Two of the victims were in serious condition, including a pregnant woman with abdominal injuries and a man with gunshot wounds to the head and neck, according to Israeli hospitals treating them.
A 26-year-old East Jerusalem resident has turned himself in at a police station in the city six hours after the attack.
The U.S. ambassador to Israel, Tom Nides, said earlier on Sunday that he was "deeply saddened" by the attack, adding that the embassy will continue to monitor the situation. "I've spoken with the families and will keep them in my prayers," he said.
In New York, friends and family of a father and son were relieved that their loved ones were recovering, even as worry surrounded the fate of a pregnant Brooklyn woman who was shot in the abdomen.
“It’s very devastating and painful to see what’s happening,” said Rabbi Moishe Indig, a leader of the Satmar Jewish community in Brooklyn, who counted the father and son as members.
The focus is on prayer and healing, said Isaac Abraham, a relative of the two.
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New York Governor Kathy Hochul said she was "horrified" by the attack and that a family of New Yorkers had been impacted, adding that her team is in touch with the State Department to assist however possible.
New York Attorney General Letitia James and Democratic candidate for New York's 10th Congressional district Daniel Goldman added their prayers for the wounded family, said to be from the Satmar Hassidic community in Williamsburg.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said his office was in contact with U.S. and Israeli authorities, as well as Jewish leaders in Brooklyn "to offer any assistance I can."
"The news of a Brooklyn family being injured in a terror attack in Jerusalem hits too close to home," he said in a statement. "It is a deeply disturbing and despicable act that deserves to be fully condemned and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice."
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.