Four dead in Tel Aviv shopping mall attack

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Four people were reported killed and several others were wounded Wednesday night in a gun attack in an Israeli shopping mall, police said.

Two attackers, whom police described as relatives in their 20s from the Hebron area, were captured.

The attack took place at the Saron Market, a popular indoor/outdoor culinary market in central Tel Aviv that draws crowds of shoppers and diners, officials said. The mall is near national military headquarters.

A witness, Avraham Liber, said he was sitting at the restaurant Max Brenner with friends when he heard gunshots and saw one of the attackers rise from a seat at a nearby cafe.

“He got up, he had a rifle in his hand,” Liber said. “He was just shooting point blank at people sitting down.”

Yoni Yagodovsky, a spokesman for Israel’s emergency rescue service, Magen David Adom, told MSNBC that in addition to the dead there were several wounded, some of them seriously. Because people scattered from the gunfire, rescue workers found victims in about five different areas of the mall, he said.

Another witness, Eyal Oved, told Reuters that he was attending a business meeting when he heard what sounded like a machine gun firing 30 or 40 rounds. He ran to the scene and saw two people wounded in a restaurant.

The identity of the attackers were unclear, but it raised concerns of a renewal of street attacks by Palestinians against Israelis.

A series of stabbings began last October and lasted several months. The attacks left 28 Israelis and two Americans dead, the AP reported; about 200 Palestinians, most of whom the government described as attackers, were killed during that time.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai visited Ichilov Hospital after the shooting, vowing that the city would “continue with our lives.”

This story originally appeared on NBCNews.com

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Four dead in Tel Aviv shopping mall attack

Updated