Shooting on Hagiborim street in Haifa, Jan. 3, 2017.
(photo credit: EFFY SCHNAPPER/ MDA)
A 45-year-old man was shot and killed and a rabbi who oversees conversions was seriously injured in two shooting incidents in Haifa on Tuesday.
The shooter or shooters are still on the loose after a day-long manhunt. The incidents occurred within the same hour at different locations, criminal motivations are suspected and police are investigating if there is a connection between the two incidents.
The first shooting occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Ha’atzma’ut street, where Rabbi Yechiel Illouz, 48, a judge on the Haifa Rabbinical Court for Conversions was seriously injured after being shot multiple times and was evacuated to the Rambam Medical Center.
A relative of Illouz told the Ynet news website that the shooting was a case of “mistaken identity.”
“He is a quiet person by nature, shy, never argued with anyone in the world,” the relative said.
The police were attempting to locate the gunman when a second shooting occurred on Hagiborim Street around 10:20 a.m. The victim at the second shooting, Guy Cafri, 47, was fatally wounded and pronounced dead on the scene by Magen David Adom medics.
“Guy was a man with no criminal background, it fell upon us like a thunderbolt,” Cafri’s brother-in-law Shachar Drori told Channel 2, adding that “he had no enemies.”
A police spokesman told The Jerusalem Post
that there are contradicting eyewitness accounts – some saying the shooter was male, while others said the shooter was female.
“At this stage it seems that the two events have a criminal background, the investigation is ongoing,” the spokesman said on Tuesday morning. None of the victims were known to police as people of interest.
A gag order issued by the Haifa Magistrate’s Court was placed on the publication of any information in the murder case on Hagiborim Street.