Robbers shoot teen guarding father’s kiosk

15-year-old boy stands up to two suspects, refuses to hand over cash; thieves shoot, seriously injure teen, leave with nothing.

July 16, 2012 03:34
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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.

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The suspects ended up leaving the store with nothing after shooting the youth.

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 shoulder.

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 said.

He said he understood his son’s reaction, but called on business owners and employees to hand over cash if faced with armed robbers.

Ramle 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 program.

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.

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