US tourist opens fire at Eilat hotel, killing one

American tourist at Leonardo Club Hotel grabs security guard's gun, opens fire; three people suffer from shock, two evacuated to hospital; Counterterrorism Unit shoots, kills gunman.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 5, 2012 10:01
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A 23-year-old American citizen snatched a security guard’s gun and opened fire in an Eilat hotel on Friday morning, leaving one person dead and three others suffering from shock.Two people were evacuated to the Joseftal Medical Center.

The New York man was in Israel as part of an Oranim exchange program, supported by the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and was fired from his internship in the hotel kitchen a day before the shooting.

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He arrived in the morning hours to the hotel’s kitchen, where he began arguing with an employee. The man grabbed a gun from a security guard who tried to break up the fight, and started shooting, killing his fellow kitchen employee. Police later identified the victim as Armando Abed from Mi'ilya, aged 33.

Police said that the gunman subsequently barricaded himself in the kitchen and they deployed special patrol units. Officers conducted negotiations with the shooter and said that he didn't have hostages.

About an hour after the incident began, the Counterterrorism Unit shot and killed the gunman in the kitchen. Shots were fired back and forth but no police were injured in the raid.

JTA contributed to this report

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