A 23-year-old Westchester man was killed by Israeli soldiers shortly after he gunned down a hotel worker in Eilat and holed up in a the hotel kitchen.
Soldiers rushed to the hotel Friday morning after the man identified as William Hershkovitz of Poughkeepsie used the firearm of a security guard at Eilat’s Leonardo Club Hotel to kill an employee, Armando Abed, in the hotel’s kitchen.
The soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces anti-terrorist unit surrounded the room in which the man holed up after the shooting, the report said. Police negotiated with him to surrender but the soldiers shot and killed him after he opened fire on police negotiators.
The man reportedly was in Israel as part of MASA's Oranim exchange program for American young people and had recently been fired as a hotel employee. A representative told the New York Times he had been fired because of attitude problems toward other employees. He reportedly arrived in the morning hours to the hotel’s kitchen, where he began fighting with the employee whom he killed.
Hotel guests ran for cover when the shooting erupted and at least one unsuccessfully tried to stop the shooter.
He reportedly snatched a gun from a security guard who arrived at the kitchen to break up the fight.
He escaped with the gun and holed up in one of the rooms, police said, adding that he did not take any hostages with him.
The incident may have started over a financial dispute between the two dead men, according to Israel Radio.