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SEATTLE - A man walked into a Jewish organization Friday afternoon and opened fire, killing one woman and injuring at least five others before he was arrested, officials said.
The gunman, whom employees said claimed to be a Muslim angry at Israel, forced his way through the security door at the Jewish Federation after an employee had punched in her security code, said Marla Meislin-Dietrich, a co-worker who was not at the building at the time.
Staff members said they overheard him saying " 'I am a Muslim American, angry at Israel,' " before opening fire on everyone,'' Meislin-Dietrich said. ''He was randomly shooting at everyone.''
Police would not confirm the account.
David Gomez, an FBI assistant special agent in charge of counterterrorism, said investigators believe the gunman targeted the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.
''We believe at this point it's a lone individual acting out antagonism toward this particular organization,'' Gomez said.
Authorities have been advising synagogues and Jewish groups to be watchful in the weeks since hostilities erupted between Israel and Lebanon.
The federation's Web site describes its mission as ''to ensure Jewish survival and enhance the quality of Jewish life by meeting needs locally, in Israel and worldwide.''
Jim Pugel, an assistant police chief, said the shooter called 911 and was talked out of the building.
One person died at the scene of the shooting, and five women ranging in age from 19 to 43 were taken to Harborview Medical Center, three of them in critical condition, Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman Helen Fitzpatrick said.
The victims' names were not immediately released.