Police have identified a 29-year-old Israeli Arab from the northern town of Wadi Ara as the suspect in the shooting attack on the Simta Pub on Dizengoff Street.
According to a report in Haaretz, the suspect stole the gun used in the attack from his father, who works in security. The father recognized his son from media reports and after learning his weapon was gone, contacted the authorities.
The suspect can be seen quite clearly in the video below, which was filmed moments before the attack. He apparently shopped at a nearby grocery store before the shooting.
Two people were killed in the attack and seven wounded, including two in serious condition. The wounded were evacuated to the Ichilov and Wolfson Hospitals.
One of the murdered victims has been identified as 26-year-old Alon Bakal, who was one of the managers of the pub which was the target of the shooting.
A second victim has been identified as 30-year-old Shimon Ruimi of Ofakim.
Police continue a manhunt for the suspect who fled the scene of the attack on foot and discarded of the weapon, which was later located.
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