Five Americans among those injured in Jerusalem shooting

At around 1:30 a.m. local time Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET), police said in a statement that a “terrorist armed with weapons fired on a bus and vehicles in a parking lot near the Old City of Jerusalem.”

Two Americans are being treated at Hadassah Medical Center and three at Shaare Zedek Medical Center, the hospitals said. At least two of the injured Americans were tourists, hospitals said. Israeli media earlier reported that four American victims were tourists and members of the same family.

Two of the victims are listed in serious condition, while the other six victims are lightly and moderately injured, according to emergency services. One of the injured was pregnant and underwent an emergency caesarean section. Both mother and baby are in serious condition, according to Shaare Zedek Hospital.

The US Embassy in Jerusalem said it was “shocked and saddened” by the attack. They confirmed that US citizens were among the victims and they were gathering more information.

“We strongly condemn all acts of terrorism and actions that heighten tensions,” an embassy spokesperson said in a statement to CNN.

“Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the victims and we wish them all a speedy and full recovery,” the statement said.

The shooter fled, pursued by security forces, the Shin Bet and the IDF. Police said a helicopter from the Israel Police Air Unit participated in the search.

The suspect then turned into a police officer. The weapon he was carrying with him was seized, according to a police spokesman.

The suspect is an Israeli citizen from East Jerusalem, a security source told CNN.

He was not known for any terrorism-related offenses but had a criminal record and had spent time in jail, the security source told CNN.

The source said the suspect – whose identity has not been released – was born in 1996.

Israeli media described him as a Palestinian who holds Israeli citizenship.

Police and forensic investigators began operations at the scene to investigate the attack, police said.

Sunday’s shooting comes after hostilities in Gaza last weekend left dozens of Palestinians dead. A ceasefire between Israel and the Islamic Jihad militant group in Gaza was announced last Sunday.

This story has been updated.

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