Two shot dead in downtown Jerusalem

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 |  Tommy Mueller  

A shopping center and office building in downtown Jerusalem was the scene of tragedy on Tuesday morning when a lone gunman entered a attorney's office and shot dead two people.

According to police, the suspected gunman, a 30-year-old Jewish man who worked as a security guard in a nearby building, carried out the crime on the third floor of the Clal Building, adjacent to the Mahane Yehudah market.

The victims were a 50-year-old man and his 20-year-old daughter.

The perpetrator was captured by a former police officer as he tried to flee the scene. Police believe the motivation for the crime had to do with a financial dispute. The suspected gunmen is currently under interrogation.

Early news of the crime sparked panic in the local Messianic body, as the basement of the Clal Building is home to the local "King of Kings" congregation. The English and Hebrew-speaking congregation also has offices on the upper floors of the building.

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