Israeli Authorities shoot alleged gunman from Jerusalem’s Old City

JERUSALEM — Israeli authorities said Monday they took a Palestinian attacker who opened fire on a group of officers at Jerusalem’s Old City.

Police immediately chased the defendant and down him. Israeli media said the gunman was murdered. An Israeli police officer triggered through the pursuit and has been lightly hurt, authorities said.

There were no immediate details about the gunman’s identity.

In the last several decades, only Palestinian attackers, generally not linked to organized militant groups, have been detained in a series of alleged stabbings, shootings, and vehicle rammings against Israeli security forces or Jewish settlers from the West Bank. Palestinians and rights groups frequently accuse Israeli security forces of using excessive force.

Earlier on Monday, Israeli police said a 52-year-old girl was found killed in the northern West Bank after going for a walk in a forest close to the Jewish settlement where she dwelt.

Officials said they guessed the killing was carried out with a Palestinian assailant, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to bring the killer to justice.