An American man who was on a work study program in Israel shot and killed a chef at the Leonardo Club Hotel in Eilat, and then was killed by police in a shootout.
The suspect was identified by police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld as 23-year old William Hershkovitz of Poughkeepsie, NY, The AP reports. Rosenfeld said the young man's family has been notified of the tragic situation.
According to BBC News, Hershkovitz took a gun from a hotel security guard and began firing. He killed a hotel chef whose name has not yet been released.
He then made his way through the dining room and barricaded himself inside the hotel kitchen where he found himself surrounded by anti-terror police.
While the motive hasn't been entirely confirmed, The Metro reports that is believed that Hershkovitz was involved in a personal dispute with the victim who was in his 50s.
The incident occurred just days after Hershkovitz had been fired from his job at the Leonardo Club Hotel, The AP reports.
According to BBC News, the hotel was at full capacity at the time of the incident. Israeli and foreign tourists had been on vacation, taking time off from work and other commitments in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Sukkot.