8 Dead in Jerusalem Seminary Shooting
Posted on Mar 6, 2008
A Palestinian gunman opened fire during dinner at Jerusalem’s Mercaz Harav seminary on Thursday, killing eight people and wounding nine before he was shot to death. President Bush condemned the attack, as did Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, while Hamas officials reportedly praised it but didn’t claim responsibility.
Witnesses said the gunman entered the library at the Mercaz Harav seminary on Thursday evening, where about 80 students were gathered, and fired an AK-47 rifle for several minutes.
One of the students, Yitzhak Dadon, said he had shot the gunman twice before he was finally killed by an off-duty Israeli army officer, who had gone to the school after hearing gunfire.
“I saw the gunman and he fired a long burst in the air. But then he disappeared,” he told the Reuters news agency.