Eight people have been wounded after a Palestinian gunman opened fire at two locations in Jerusalem, officials say.

The assailant targeted a bus carrying Jewish worshippers who had just prayed at the Western Wall as well as people in a car park near the holy site.

Two of the wounded are in a serious condition, including a pregnant woman. US citizens were among the victims.

The gunman, identified as a resident of occupied East Jerusalem, fled the scene but later turned himself in.

Israeli police said he had a criminal record but no known affiliations with Palestinian militant groups.

They believe that he acted alone, but they are concerned that he might inspire copycat attacks.

The driver of the bus targeted by the gunman said it had been full of passengers coming from the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews are allowed to pray, when it stopped at the Tomb of David station Yesterday.

Local media reported that the wounded also included four members of a family from New York who were waiting for a taxi at the bus stop. The father was said to have suffered wounds to the head and neck and was in a serious condition in hospital.

U.S ambassador Tom Nides confirmed that U.S citizens were among the victims and said he strongly condemned the attack.

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