At least eight people were wounded in a drive-by shooting attack at the Ammunition Hill light rail stop, near the National Headquarters of the Israel Police, in Jerusalem on Sunday stated Haaretz. The assailant was shot and killed after a brief police pursuit, where he shot and wounded several victims along the way.

According to Magen David Adom emergency responders, the two critically wounded were a 60-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man.

Two were wounded, one critically and one moderately, during the intitial shooting at the light rail stop. Another victim was then shot and moderately wounded at the nearby Clermont-Ganneau St. The assailant then fled to Sheikh Jarrah, where two Israel Police forces were wounded, one critically and one moderately.

Police then shot the assailant, identified as a 39-year-old resident of East Jerusalem's Silwan neighborhood, at Sheikh Jarrah. He succumbed to his wounds a short time after.

Five others were wounded by shrapnel and shock, and were evacuated from the scene.

Four wounded are currently being treated at Jerusalem's Hadassah University Hospital, Mt. Scopus, including two critically wounded, one moderately wounded and one lightly wounded by shrapnel. One of the victims was taken to Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Medical Center.

Hamas praised the attack, calling it a "natural response to the crimes of the occupation."

Ahead of the Jewish High Holy Days, Israeli security officials feared a surge of attacks in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. In accordance, the Israeli army increased its presence in the Hebron area, deploying an additional battalion in the sector.

The last terror attack in Jerusalem occurred on September 19 when two police officers were wounded, one seriously and one moderately, in a stabbing attack in the Old City. The alleged assailant was subdued, according to police.

A few days earlier, a Jordanian citizen was shot after allegedly trying to stab Israeli Border Police officers near Damascus Gate in the Old City.