For the second time in 48 hours, a resident of Hura was gunned down in a drive-by shooting on Sunday morning, in what police suspect was a revenge killing for the slaying of a local man in the Negev village on Friday.
The victim in Sunday’s murder, a 45-year-old resident of the Beduin community, was found riddled with bullets in the driver’s seat of his pickup truck on the side of the road in the South Hebron Hills, near the village of Meitar.
Pictures from the scene show at least 18 bullet holes in the driver’s side door and window of the vehicle.
The victim was removed from the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics in critical condition, but was ruled dead shortly after his arrival at Soroka-University Medical Center in Beersheba.
There was concern that the incident was a terrorist attack in the initial minutes after the shooting, but police were quickly able to determine that the background was most likely criminal.
A spokesperson for the Negev subdistrict police said the shooting was probably a response to the murder on Friday, which took the life of a Hura man.
That killing and Sunday’s are believed to be part of a feud between two local families in the village.
In Friday’s incident, police arrived at the scene after receiving a call about a brawl in the city.
Upon arrival, they found a man in his 50s, sitting in his vehicle in critical condition, and determined that he was gunned down by assailants firing from a passing vehicle.
Since Friday, police have sent reinforcements to the village to prevent further bloodshed like that which followed on Sunday.