Jerusalem, Israel: Five Americans were among those injured in a shooting attack on a bus near the Western Wall

Jerusalem, Israel: Five Americans were among those injured in a shooting attack on a bus near the Western Wall
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Around 1:30 a.m. local time on Sunday (6:30 p.m. ET), police said in a statement that a “gun-armed terrorist fired on a bus and vehicles in a parking lot near Jerusalem’s Old City.”

According to the hospitals, two Americans are being treated at Hadassah Medical Center and three at Shaare Zedek Medical Center. At least two of the injured Americans were tourists, the hospitals said. Israeli media previously reported that four American victims were tourists and members of the same family.

Two of the victims are in serious condition, according to emergency services, while the other six victims have minor and moderate injuries. One of the wounded was pregnant and underwent emergency caesarean surgery. According to the Shaare Zedek Hospital, the mother and baby are in serious condition.

The US Embassy in Jerusalem said they were “shocked and saddened” by the attack. They confirmed that US citizens were among the victims and that they were gathering more information.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms all acts of terrorism and actions that increase tensions,” an embassy spokesman said in a statement to CNN.

“Our thoughts are with the families of the victims and we wish them all a speedy and full recovery,” the statement said.

US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides also condemned Sunday’s attack. “Condemn in the strongest terms the terrorist attack outside the Old City of Jerusalem. I pray for a speedy recovery for all the innocent victims,” ‚Äč‚ÄčNides said in a tweet.

“I am deeply saddened to confirm that Americans were injured in this attack. I have spoken to the families and will keep them in my prayers. I will continue to monitor the situation,” he added.

Confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to Israel in November 2021, Nides is married to Virginia Moseley, Executive Vice President of Editorial for the network’s U.S. operations at CNN.

An Israeli police officer checks a bus after a shooting in Jerusalem early Sunday morning.

The gunman fled the scene, followed by security forces, the Shin Bet and the IDF. Police said an Israel Police Air Unit helicopter helped with the search.

The suspect later turned himself in to the police. The gun he was carrying was confiscated, according to a police spokesman.

The suspect is an Israeli citizen from east Jerusalem, a security source told CNN.

He is not known for any terrorist offenses but has a criminal record and has served some time in prison, the security source told CNN.

The source said the suspect – whose identity has not been released – was born in 1996.

Israeli media has described him as a Palestinian who holds Israeli citizenship.

Police and forensic investigators have begun crime scene operations to investigate the attack, police said.

Sunday’s shooting comes after hostilities in Gaza last weekend claimed the lives of dozens of Palestinians. A ceasefire was announced last Sunday between Israel and the militant group Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

This story has been updated.

CNN’s Alex Stambaugh and Jonny Hallam contributed coverage.

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