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.
Thursday denied Walid’s claims, saying that ballistics evidence from the scene
and the testimony of witnesses indicated police did not shoot him.
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.
killed four people in bank, before taking his own life.