The gay center in Tel Aviv after the shooting attack on Saturday.
|By Jonathan Lis|
Cohen hinted that the attack may not have been a hate crime against homosexuals. At a meeting yesterday assessing the status of the case, he cautioned against implicating segments of the society “regarding suspicions and possible directions [of the investigation].”
Four victims of the attack still remain in Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. One of the four is listed in serious condition, two in moderate condition, and one is suffering light injuries. Or Gil, who was wounded in the shoulder and leg, said yesterday that “to be attacked is a horrible feeling … but the [gay] community will not surrender to this act.”
With regard to his friends who were also hospitalized, Gil said that it was a very difficult way for some of their families to discover they were homosexual: “It is a very hard way to come out of the closet.” He asked the parents of those who were injured to support their children, and worry about their medical condition rather than their sexual orientation.
Gil told reporters that a masked man dressed in black entered the center. At first he thought it was a prank, but then the intruder started shooting. Gil recounted how people hid under tables and a bed, but there were no screams. Many members of the gay and lesbian community visited the victims at Ichilov Hospital yesterday. Among them was Thomas Schmidt, whose partner, Nir Katz, was killed in the attack. Yuval Goren, Ofri Ilani and Noah Kosharek contributed to this report.