Though the attack in Beer Sheva comes at a time of increased violence between Israelis and Palestinians, it isn’t clear if the gunman was motivated by those tensions.
The gunman, Mohannad Al-Oqbi, was an Arab Bedouin citizen of Israel. Bedouins are their own ethnic subgroup, and some, but not all, Bedouins identify as Palestinian.
Beer Sheva is located in Israel and not in Palestinian territory.
Police have not discussed a motive, but some Bedouin groups have been at odds, at times violently, with Israeli authorities over issues of their own, according to the website of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.
In the chaos of the shootout, a security guard shot an Eritrean migrant, who was then beaten by a mob and later died.
Police say the guard had mistaken him for a second attacker.
As the Eritrean man lay on the ground bleeding, people rattled by the shooting kicked and beat him and hit him with a bench, cell phone video showed.
It was broadcast on Israeli television, triggering outrage on top of tensions that have peaked in recent weeks.
Snatches M16 rifle
The shooting attack on Sunday began when Al-Oqbi, 21, shot Israeli soldier Sgt. Omri Levi, 19, point-blank with a pistol, police said.
Al-Oqbi then snatched the soldier’s military rifle, an M16, and opened fire with it in the crowd, injuring 10 more people before police killed him, said Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
People scrambled and ducked for safety from the gunman, security camera video authenticated by Israeli police showed. The Eritrean man shuffled on all fours among them, and had rounded a kiosk when the security guard ran toward him and opened fire with a handgun, the security video showed.
An angry mob then brutalized the downed, wounded Eritrean, the second video, taken by a cell phone, showed.
Police identified the Eritrean migrant as Abtom Zarhom, 29.
Israeli police condemned the bludgeoning, which it said rendered the victim unrecognizable. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said there would be an investigation to determine who was involved in the beating.
“It should be noted that the police see this in a very severe light and will not allow people to take the law into their hands, and everyone should act with restraint and carefulness and allow the police to do their job,” Samri said.