Terrorist opens fire in downtown Jerusalem

January 22, 2002

I attach a report compiled from three different news sources on another terrorist attack in the heart of Jerusalem.

-- Tom Gross


Terrorist opens fire in downtown Jerusalem
Compiled from three different news sources
January 22, 2002

A Palestinian terrorist opened fire at civilians in downtown Jerusalem near Kikar Zion a short while ago.

Security forces shot and killed the terrorist, Jerusalem police chief Cmdr. Mickey Levy said.

According to a Magen David Adom medic at least 25 people were wounded, five seriously.

The attack on Jaffa Street, a major throughfare in the city, lasted for about 10 minutes and was ended when Israeli police shot dead the gunman.

Witnesses said the gunman, wearing wearing a heavy coat and carrying an assault rifle, emerged from a carpark and began shooting. Some Israeli civilians carrying guns drew their weapons during the attack, but did not fire, according to reports.

Unconfirmed reports said that a second gunman was involved in the attack and was able to escape from police.

Security personnel rushed to the scene and are continuing to seach for accomplices and possible car bombs, Israel Radio reported.

The area is closed to traffic as medics treat the wounded.

Drivers and pedestrians are requested to avoid the downtown vicinity.

The wounded were transferred to Hadassah-University Hospital, Ein Kerem, Shaare Tzedek, and Bikur Cholim hospitals.

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