Four people were killed and six others were wounded in a shooting attack at a food and shopping center in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, after two Palestinian gunmen opened fire on passersby. Netanyahu called a security briefing in Tel Aviv.
All of the wounded were evacuated to nearby hospitals. One of the shooters was captured by police and taken in for questioning, and the other was taken to Ichilov Hospital in serious but stable condition.
Five of wounded have been evacuated to Tel Aviv's Ichilov Hospital and another was taken to Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer. Three are in moderate condition after they underwent surgery and two are in light condition. The casualty at Sheba is in moderate condition.
Police said they had no prior knowledge of the two Palestinian attackers, who entered Israel illegally. Palestinian sources said the attackers were members of the same family and are from the Hebron area.
The attack took place at Sarona Market, an upscale food and retail center located opposite to the military headquarters in central Tel Aviv and near government buildings. Police said they received a call at 9:30 P.M. regarding shootings heard at Sarona. As emergency forces were making their way to the scene, there was another of a shooting incident at near the food and shopping center.
According to initial reports, two armed men dressed in suits opened fire at passersby near the Benedict restaurant. A shooter then reportedly opened fire at the nearby Ha'arbaa Street, where he was eventually captured by police.
Tel Aviv district police chief Moshe Edri said there was no prior terror alert before the shooting occurred and there was no information about an additional terrorist at large.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport from Moscow soon after the shooting and headed straight to the Defense Ministry near the shooting for consultations with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Police chief Roni Alsheich, Shin Bet head Nadav Argaman and other officials.
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner condemned the "horrific terrorist attack" in a statement, saying "cowardly attacks against innocent civilians can never be justified."
"This is a very difficult night for Tel Aviv-Jaffa," said Mayor Ron Huldai as he arrived at Ichilov Hospital. "Again, we have an incident in which terrorists, apparently after sitting at a caf, took out their guns and fired indiscriminately.
"Tel Aviv-Jaffa has been for years a target for terrorism, trying to disrupt our lives," Huldai added. "Terrorism will not overpower us and I suggest to all of us to strive for peace. Security forces are still in the field and the investigation continues. I ask everyone to follow the reports in the media and tomorrow to return to life as usual."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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