Two men shot dead in apparent gangland slaying

Police launch search for perpetrators of double homicide in Rishon Lezion.

February 20, 2012 22:14
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Police car in Tel Aviv at night 311. (photo credit: Yoni Cohen)

Two men were shot dead in their vehicle in Rishon Lezion on Monday night in what police suspect is a gangland slaying.

Following the double homicide, police launched a search for the gunman or gunmen, and set up roadblocks at the exits to the city to monitor outgoing traffic.

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The two men "are known to the [Rishon Lezion] police station" due to a range of previous criminal activities, a law enforcement official told The Jerusalem Post.

Magen David Adom paramedics were called to Iris Street, and found the men with multiple shotgun wounds without vital life signs. Both men were pronounced dead on the scene.

The bodies were found in the western part of the city, in a vehicle which stood in a parking lot of a residential building.

The homicide investigation has been taken over by the central police district's central unit, which deals with major crimes.

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