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Four killed in Beersheva bank shooting

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May 20, 2013 | 11:04 am

Members of the media and police special forces stand outside a Bank Hapoalim branch after a shooting at the bank in the southern city of Beersheba on May 20. Photo by Amir Cohen/Reuters

Members of the media and police special forces stand outside a Bank Hapoalim branch after a shooting at the bank in the southern city of Beersheba on May 20. Photo by Amir Cohen/Reuters

Four people were shot dead at a Bank Hapoalim branch in Beersheva when a gunman opened fire hours after reportedly being denied a loan.

Three men and a woman were killed in Monday’s attack, and several others were injured. The shooter, who according to reports was a former captain in the Israel Border Police, killed himself during a standoff with police.

A woman he had held hostage was released unharmed after an hour.

The shooter, identified as a 40-year-old Jewish resident of Beersheva, reportedly shouted “robbery” before the attack. He also may have been denied money from the ATM before entering the bank, according to reports.

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