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Police: Eilat shooter sought revenge


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William Hershkovitz, a Jewish American volunteer who opened fire at the Leonardo Club Hotel in Eilat on Oct. 5 after being fired the day before, intended to exact vengeance on his former employers, the police said.

Hershkovitz, 24, from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was in Israel as part of the Oranim Israeli-American work-study project. He killed 33-year-old Armando Abed, who was employed at the hotel as a sous chef.

Hershkovitz was killed when the police counterterrorism unit stormed the hotel.

Police said an ax was found among the shooter’s belongings, leading investigators to believe the incident was indeed premeditated. —


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