A gunman, apparently an Israeli, opened fire in downtown Jerusalem early Sunday, wounding two people, police said.

Jerusalem police spokesman Kobi Zrihen said an armed man was apprehended after opening fire. "This is apparently not a terrorist attack," he said.

Israel Radio reported that the gunman was an Israeli soldier, and he was apparently drunk. Israel Army Radio said a Palestinian was seriously wounded in the incident. The radio said the Israeli opened fire after a Palestinian, who aroused the Israeli's suspicion, tried to flee.

The incident took place before dawn on the Street of the Prophets, near the open line between the Jewish and Arab parts of Jerusalem.

Police have been on high alert in Jerusalem for months because of Palestinian-Israeli violence. The city has been the target of many Palestinian suicide bombing attacks.