The Israeli army said it had been targeting perpetrators of the rocket attack and a malfunction might have caused the mishap.
He might have kept shooting, but his rifle had what police term “a malfunction of some sort.”
malfunction mal·func·tion (māl-fŭngk'shən)
v. mal·func·tioned, mal·func·tion·ing, mal·func·tions
To fail to function.
To function improperly.
Failure to function.
Faulty or abnormal functioning.