A father and his daughter were shot to death in an office building in Jerusalem's Jaffa street, one of the busiest streets in the city center on Tuesday morning.
The shooter, a security guard, entered an office on the third floor of the Clal Center near Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market, and shot the owner, a lawyer, and his daughter. Medics called to the scene were unable to resuscitate the two and were forced to pronounce them dead.
The victims were later identified as Natan Gorno, 55, and his daughter Yamit Gorno, 26.
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He then tried to flee the scene but a policeman and an ex-cop who heard the shots chased after him and stopped him.
The shooter has been taken into custody.
Clal Center in Jerusalem after shooting (Photo: Itzik Ben-Shushan)
"A man in his forties entered one of the offices and shot a man in his fifties and a woman in her twenties," said Brigadier-General Amnon Alkalai.
Police at the scene (Photo: Gil Yohanan)
The suspect, a married father of four from Jerusalem, linked himself to the shooting. The murder was apparently connected to a financial dispute between the suspect and the victim.
Attorney David Barhoum from the Public Defender's Office said that the victim had represented the client in financial matters. "He (the suspect) arrived in Jerusalem in order to talk to him (the victim), not murder him," Barhoum said.
"He was carrying a weapon because he's a security guard at the Kotel. The two argued and the lawyer told him to get out. He (the suspect) is unable to give an account of what happened other than he3 fired indiscriminately."
According to Barhoum, the suspect had expressed regret and said he cannot explain what happened.
Medics called to the scene were unable to resuscitate the two and were forced to pronounce them dead.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat arrived as the scene and said, "this is a tragedy. It's a very sad case. Our hearts are with the victims' families."
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