Militant politician Rabbi Meir Kahane, the founder of the Jewish Defense League, was slain by an assassin in a hotel and hours later right-wing Jews vowed revenge for his death.

Police identified the suspected gunman as El Sayid Noseir, 34, of Jersey City, N.J. Little was known immediately about Noseir, who was captured soon after the shooting.An anonymous caller told United Press International in New York City, "The Kahane killing was in revenge for the death of 24 Palestinians in Israel. This is just the beginning for the Zionists that speak out."

Kahane, who also started Israel's extremist Kach movement, was shot to death Monday night during a Zionist conference at the New York Marriott East Side Hotel in Manhattan.

Kahane, 58, a Brooklyn native, was shot once in the head and once in the chest at 9:05 p.m. and was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he died less than an hour later.

After shooting Kahane, the gunman ran from the conference room, shooting Kahane supporter Irving Franklin, 73, in the right leg as he tried to stop him.

The gunman fled to the street, commandeered a cab and then jumped out a few blocks later. As he ran up the street he was confronted by Postal Police Officer Carlos Acosta.

He shot twice at Acosta with one bullet being deflected by Acosta's bulletproof vest and the other striking him in the arm. The officer returned fire, hitting Noseir in the chin.

Noseir was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition Tuesday morning.