Two people were killed and two others seriously wounded in a shooting attack in Tel Aviv today (January 1, 2016). Five others were wounded -- three in moderate condition and two with light injuries. Hours later, the killer was still on the loose, according to the Times of Israel website.
Witnesses said some 15 shots were fired in the attack, apparently in semiautomatic bursts from a Carl Gustav submachine gun. The shots were fired at locations near the city's well-known Dizengoff Center Mall.
Eyewitnesses said the gunman fired into at least three establishments in the area -- a bar, a restaurant, and a cafe -- and then fled. One of the cafe staffers and several customers chased after him, but he "disappeared" into a side-street. Police have closed off the area in an effort to find him.
The two fatalities were pronounced dead at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. Four others were receiving treatment there, including at least two victims who were immediately taken to surgery, the hospital said.