Beersheba bank victim claims he was shot by police

Omar Walid, who was seriously wounded during branch shooting, regained consciousness on Thursday.

May 31, 2013 01:00
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Policeman at Beersheba Bank Hapoalim shooting scene

Policeman at Beersheba shooting scene 370. (photo credit: REUTERS)

A Beduin man who was seriously wounded in a shooting at a Beersheba bank 10 days ago said on Thursday that it was police officers, not the gunman, Itamar Alon, who shot him during the mass killing.

The shooting victim, Omar Walid, woke up at Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba on Thursday and told reporters that he saw a man in a police uniform fire the gun that wounded him. He also said that he was shot after he saw that police arrived and began walking toward the door of the bank to leave.

Walid was taken from the scene, while seriously wounded, in handcuffs, because police suspected he was involved in the shooting. The police added that a Jewish bystander, Remo Vaknin, was also handcuffed and taken into custody.

On Thursday, Vaknin visited Walid, an old friend of his. Vaknin thanked Walid for helping to save his life by laying on top of him, shielding him with his body during the shooting.

Police on Thursday denied Walid’s claims, saying that ballistics evidence from the scene and the testimony of witnesses indicated police did not shoot him.

On May 22, Southern District Police head Cmdr. Yoram Halevy said that during the shooting two days earlier, police unjustifiably fired into the bathroom where Alon was hiding with a hostage, Miriam Cohen, endangering her life.

Alon killed four people in bank, before taking his own life.

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