U.S. man kills one in Eilat hotel, is then killed by police

(JNS.org) Israeli anti-terrorism police shot and killed an American Jewish man Oct. 5 after he stole a gun from a security guard at an Eilat hotel and shot dead another hotel employee, Israel Hayom reported.

The gunman, 23, is originally from New York and arrived in Israel two months ago. He was reportedly a chef employed by the hotel. According to Army Radio the man was fired by the kitchen’s manager on Thursday. According to press reports, the gunman killed the man who had fired him the day before.

The gunman’s full identity was not initially revealed. According to eyewitness accounts, the gunman got into a heated argument with another employee in the kitchen of the Leonardo Club Hotel in Eilat, after which he stormed into the lobby and managed to disarm the hotel’s security guard.

The shooting at the hotel came as the southern beach resort was packed with Israelis and tourists enjoying the weeklong Jewish holiday of Sukkot.

Posted on October 5, 2012 .