Five Americans, including a pregnant woman and a family of four, were reported to be among eight people injured when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire on a bus in Jerusalem.
The pregnant woman, who is from New York’s Borough Park neighborhood, suffered abdominal injuries in the attack and was hospitalized in serious condition, officials say.
The family of four, from the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, arrived in Israel last week and were on their way to a place known as David’s Tomb, reports Yeshiva World News. Two members of the family were shot while two others escaped serious injury.
US Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides confirmed on Twitter that there are also Americans among the injured.
“Deeply saddened to confirm that Americans were injured in this attack,” Nides said. “I have spoken to the families and will keep them in my prayers.”
The attack took place while the bus was parked in a parking lot near the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism.
The suspected attacker has been identified as a 26-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem, and police say he later turned himself in.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said the suspect was a Jerusalem resident who was operating alone and had previously been arrested by Israel.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said she was shocked by the shooting.
“I am shocked by the terror attack in Jerusalem and by the news that a family of New Yorkers has been affected,” she tweeted.
“My team is reaching out to (the State Department) to help, however possible. We condemn terror and stand with the Israeli people seeking peace.”