Americans among 8 injured in Jerusalem bus shooting

Eight people, including at least five Americans, were injured when a gunman opened fire Sunday morning on a bus in Jerusalem, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said.

Among those injured in the attack was a pregnant woman, who was forced to give birth in an emergency room, officials said.

“Last night a terrorist fired at a bus in Jerusalem, injuring 8 people, including a 30-year-old pregnant woman and a 60-year-old man who are in intensive care,” the ministry said on Twitter. “We pray for their full recovery. This attack on the capital of Israel, a city sacred to all three religions, must be condemned.”

At least five US citizens were injured in the attack, a US Embassy spokesperson confirmed to ABC News.

The attack happened early Sunday near the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, authorities said. The shooting occurred as the bus waited for passengers in a parking lot near the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites where Jews around the world make pilgrimages to pray.

Bus driver Daniel Kanyevski told local media he was parked near King David’s Tomb waiting for worshipers to return from prayer at the Western Wall when gunfire rang out.

“We opened the ramp for someone in a wheelchair and then the shooting started,” Kanyevski told reporters. “Everyone fell to the ground screaming. I tried to escape, but the bus couldn’t roll with the ramp open.”

Israel Police launched a search for the suspected shooter, who then turned himself in to authorities, officials said.

A New York Police Department foreign liaison identified the suspected shooter as Amir Sidawi, a 22-year-old Palestinian who lives in East Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid issued a statement condemning the attack.

“Jerusalem is our capital and a tourist center for all religions,” Lapid said in his statement, adding that Israeli security forces would “restore calm.”

While the motive for the attack was not immediately clear, it came during a tense week between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

Last weekend, Israeli warplanes launched an offensive in the Gaza Strip targeting the Islamic Jihad militant group and sparking three days of heavy cross-border fighting. Islamic Jihad fired hundreds of rockets during the eruption in revenge for the airstrikes, which killed two of its commanders and other militants.

Israel said the attack was aimed at thwarting the group’s threats to respond to the arrest of one of its officials in the occupied West Bank.

Two of the victims of Sunday morning’s attack are listed in serious condition at Shaarei Tsedek Hospital in Jerusalem, a hospital spokesperson told ABC News.

The hospital spokesman said a US citizen in his 50s or 60s was shot in the neck and upper back and was among those in serious condition. Two other Americans were treated in hospital for minor to moderate injuries and released, the spokesperson said.

The pregnant woman injured in the attack was undergoing surgery and expected to survive, but faces a long process of recovery, the hospital spokesperson said. Her baby was born alive and doctors were doing their best to save the newborn, the spokesperson said.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul posted a statement on Twitter, saying some of the Americans injured in the attack were from New York state.

“I am horrified by the terrorist attack in Jerusalem and the news that a family of New Yorkers have been affected,” Hochul tweeted, adding that his staff had been in contact with the US State Department and offered to help the injured.

“We condemn terrorism and support the Israeli people in their search for peace,” Hochul said.

ABC News’ Jordana Miller and Christine Theodorou contributed to this report.

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