One of the suspects is flanked by police at a court hearing Thursday.
Four Arrested in 2009 Tel Aviv Attack; Not Hate Crime, Say Police

By Trudy Ring

Originally published on Advocate.com June 07 2013 9:06 PM ET

The 2009 shootings at a Tel Aviv LGBT youth center were motivated by a personal feud, not antigay hatred, say police who arrested four suspects this week.

A masked gunman killed two people and wounded 11 at the Bar Noar center August 1, 2009. The dead were Nir Katz, 26, and Liz Triboshi, 16.

Police arrested three suspects, including the alleged shooter, on Wednesday and a fourth one on Thursday, International Business Times reports. The first three are charged with two counts of murder in the first degree, 11 counts of attempted murder, and conspiracy to commit a crime. The fourth, described as a prominent member of the local LGBT community, “reportedly didn't take part in the shooting but had relevant information about it and has been charged with a linked crime,” the site reports.

The gunman and his accomplices apparently intended to “settle a score” with someone who was at the center, and the attack is not being characterized as a hate crime, according to International Business Times. The suspects appeared in court Thursday, but most of the details of the proceedings are under a gag order, and the arrestees’ names were not released.