At the very least eight people, including five Americans, were wounded in a shooting targeting a bus near Jerusalem’s Old City early Sunday morning.
Driving the news headlines: Two of the victims, a pregnant woman and an elderly man were in critical condition, the Israeli Foreign Ministry tweeted.
- At the very least five of the wounded were U.S. citizens, the U.S. Embassy confirmed to ABC News.
- The shooter, defined as a Palestinian man from East Jerusalem, fled the scene but later turned himself directly into police, per the NY Times.
What they’re saying: U.S. ambassador to Israel Tom Nides tweeted Sunday condemning the attack and saying he could be “praying for an instant recovery for several of the innocent victims.”
- “Deeply saddened to verify that Americans were injured in this attack. Ive spoken with the families and can keep them in my own prayers. Continuing to monitor the problem,” he added.
- Acting Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid condemned the shooting in a statement and said security around Jerusalem will be increased by Sunday evening “to be able to prevent copycat attacks.”
The picture as a whole: The shooting comes only a week following the implementation of a ceasefire in Gaza following three days of fighting that left a lot more than 40 Palestinians dead and over 300 wounded.