JERUSALEM --A young American opened fire at a hotel in the Red
Sea resort city of Eilat Friday, killing one person before police shot
him dead. The incident appeared to be based on a personal dispute.
spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the attacker stole a gun from a hotel
security guard and fired a number of shots at the Leonardo Club hotel in
the Red Sea resort city, killing one person.
units stormed the hotel, and the gunman fired back from the hotel
kitchen, Rosenfeld said. Police returned fire, killing the attacker, he
Dana Zinati, a spokeswoman for the Eilat municipality, told
Israel's Channel 2 that the man is an American Jewish man in his 20s who
came to Israel on a program that brings American Jews to Israel.
media reported the man had once worked at the hotel, and that the
person he killed was a hotel employee who had argued with him. Police
could not immediately verify that account.
Michal Bouaron, a guest at the hotel, said police ordered guests to stay in their rooms during the incident.
hotel is filled to capacity, Israeli media reported, because of the
Jewish holiday of Sukkot, when many Israelis take vacations. Eilat is a
favorite vacation spot for Israelis.