A disgruntled security guard, upset about a financial dispute, killed a man and
his daughter Tuesday morning in their family-owned law office on the third floor
of Jerusalem’s Clal Building.
According to Israel Police spokesman Micky
Rosenfeld, the suspected gunman – who worked as a private security guard in a
nearby building – carried out the murders alone at approximately 10
The victims have been identified as Natan Jorno, 56, and Yamit
Jorno, 26, an aspiring attorney who was working at her father’s firm in order to
secure the final accreditation for practicing law.
“We know [the suspect]
went into their office and shot them several times in the upper torso over a
financial dispute,” said Rosenfeld.
“He was arrested by an off-duty
policeman and an active officer who were in the building at the
Rosenfeld said the suspect did not resist arrest and remained
silent throughout his arrest.
“He stayed very quiet and did not say a
single word,” he said.
The suspect was identified by Hebrew media as a
Ma’aleh Adumim resident in his 40s who made aliya from Ethiopia eight years
This is the second instance in a little over a month in which a
Jerusalem security guard committed murder, and the latest in a spate of
shootings carried out by private guards and former guards with gun
A few minutes after the shooting, special patrol units and
paramedics arrived at the scene and promptly restricted access to the area with
metal barriers, as hundreds of concerned and curious mall employees and
passersby gaped at the spectacle and took pictures with their
“What in the hell is going on over there?” one man said to no one
in particular, as hundreds of onlookers jockeyed for position for a better
“This is crazy!” Hagit Ben-Hamo, a spokeswoman for the Jerusalem
Police, kept the many gawkers and television news crews at bay behind the
barriers, as police carried out their investigation.
“They were shot many
times at close range and died very quickly,” she said.
Hamo added that
police officers stationed on the fifth floor of the Clal building also rushed to
the scene to assist in the suspect’s apprehension and to secure the scene of the
Sharon, the owner of Master Shop, a web-development store located
a few meters from the site of the shooting, said he and a coworker heard four
loud bursts but did not initially think they came from a gun. He requested his
last name not be published.
“At around 10 a.m., we heard four shots, but
didn’t know they were gunshots,” said “I’m keeping the door locked for now,”
Sharon said, as a crowd continued to gather outside his store 20 minutes after
“We saw four police officers running [toward the crime
scene] and then a swarm of police and paramedics came,” he
Sharon’s coworker Yehudit, who also requested her last name
not be published, said she saw dozens of people running from the area shortly
after the shots were fired.
“We had no idea what was going on,” she
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat arrived at the scene shortly after the
“I was not sure what was happening, but I’m mayor of the city, so
I wanted to see if I could be of help,” said Barkat. “This is a criminal issue
and the police have the situation under control and hopefully will be able to
resolve the matter.”
Sharon noted that there is a private security firm
on the third floor near the crime scene, and when he discovered a murder had
taken place, he assumed it was committed by a disgruntled security
“At first I just thought it was another desperate security guard,”
“We have many in Israel who come here for work, and they are
treated very poorly because they are usually immigrants and don’t know their
rights and get paid minimum wage. It’s a big problem
Rosenfeld said the wife and mother of the victims was notified by
police of the shooting while traveling overseas.
“She’s flying back
tonight to be with her immediate family,” he said.
On Tuesday night, the
suspect reenacted the murder for the authorities.
According to Rosenfeld,
he will be arraigned before the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Wednesday morning
and charged with two counts of murder. He could face life
The suspect was employed by the same private security firm
as Hadi Kabalan, a Druse security guard who on June 21 was charged with the
premeditated murder of Doron Ben-Shlush
, a Jewish worshiper who was shot and
killed at the Western Wall Plaza.
The Israel Bar Association said on
Tuesday that it would hold a one-hour strike from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on
Wednesday to protest the murder.
Doron Brazili, the head of the
association, stated that this was not the first time an Israeli lawyer had been
murdered, and added that the killing was a severe blow to democracy and the rule
of law. Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.