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A 15-year-old boy remained in the hospital in serious condition on Sunday after
being shot and injured by thieves last Saturday night while looking after his
father’s kiosk in Ramle.
Dep.-Cmdr. Shlomi Sagi, head of the Ramle
police, said shots were fired at the boy after “a robbery went wrong,” when he
stood up to two suspects and refused to hand over cash as demanded.
suspects ended up leaving the store with nothing after shooting the
The victim’s cousin, who was in the shop at the time of the
incident, said one of the suspects punched the boy in the nose, before a gun was
produced and two shots were fired, striking the teen in the neck and
The two men then fled.
Assaf Harofeh Medical Center in
Tzrifin – where paramedics had rushed the injured youth – said he was in serious
but stable condition, and had been put in a medically induced coma and hooked up
to a respirator.
The teen’s father told media that his son would help out
in the family business every day after school. He had gone to visit a terminally
ill friend in the hospital with his wife when the shooting occurred, the father
He said he understood his son’s reaction, but called on business
owners and employees to hand over cash if faced with armed robbers.
has seen a drop in violent crime recently, due in part to efforts by local
police and the municipality to improve security. Closed circuit television
cameras have been installed as part of the national City Without Violence
In August 2009, 16-year-old Yiftah Mor-Yosef was shot dead in a
drive-by shooting targeting an underworld figure sitting next to him on a public
bench. In November 2011, the Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court sentenced a
27-year-old man, Nir Haziza, to life in prison and an additional 10-year
sentence for the killing of an innocent bystander.