Kim Levengrond Yehezkel of Rosh Ha’ayin, a 29-year-old mother of an infant, and Ziv Hajbi of Rishon Lezion, a 35-year-old father of three, were bound and shot dead by a terrorist at an industrial park where they worked near Ariel, Israel. A second woman was shot in the stomach and remains hospitalized.

The terrorist, who fled the scene armed with a submachine gun, was identified as a 23-year-old Arab co-worker from the northern West Bank village of Shuweika, near Tulkarem. According to the IDF, he was not affiliated with any terror groups, although several praised the attack afterwards. He had posted a message on his Facebook page earlier indicating that an attack would take place.

Armed with a crude, illegally made machine gun, the killer arrived at around 8 a.m. at the Barkan Industrial Park near Ariel where he and the victims worked. About 8,000 people, approximately half of them Israelis and the other half Palestinians, are employed there.

Security forces launched a manhunt for the gunman, and additional troops were deployed throughout the West Bank to prevent “copycat” incidents, which are common after terror attacks.