Israel: US gunman shot dead by police after killing one

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PostFri Oct 05, 2012 11:29 am » by Icarus1


An American man who killed one person after opening fire at a hotel in Israel's southern resort city of Eilat, has been shot dead by Israeli police.

His motives for opening fire were not immediately clear, police said, and his identity is not known.

Israeli media reported that he had been an employee of the hotel who had an argument with a colleague.

The incident happened at the Leonardo Club hotel, on the Red Sea coast, one of Israel's most popular tourist spots.

According to police the man took a gun form a hotel security guard and began shooting in the hotel lobby, killing one person.

He then barricaded himself inside the kitchen of the hotel's dining room, where he was surrounded by Israeli anti-terror police, police said.

"He opened fire during the negotiations with police. They fired back and killed him," police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.

Guests in the hotel dining room reported hearing gunfire while others were told to stay inside their rooms, Israel's Haaretz newspaper said.

The hotel was at fully capacity during the incident, with foreign and Israeli tourists taking a break over the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.



http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19841596
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