Murder scene 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy Rotternik Group)
One man was killed and another lightly wounded in a brazen shooting in broad
daylight on a central Rehovot street Wednesday afternoon.
Both men were
hit when a shooter opened fire from a passing car, Shfela subdistrict police
said. By Wednesday evening Rehovot police had passed the investigation over to
the Central District’s branch of the YAMAR investigative unit.
past few years there have been a number of attempted mob hits, including
shooting attacks and car bombs in and around Rehovot, as crime gangs battle it
out in the central city.
The shootings occurred in front of Hair Style, a
salon on Herzl Street – on the portion of Rehovot’s main thoroughfare just south
of the mall, and close to the Rehovot Police Station. Two hours after the
shooting, blood still drenched the salon’s roadside patio.
In a video
posted online by a bystander, one of the victims lies motionless on the ground
in front of a felafel stand, and it appears that he had been eating there when
he was gunned down.
Near the scene of the shooting, an 82-year-old female
resident of the neighborhood, Sha’arayim, told The Jerusalem Post she is
increasingly afraid to go outside at night. She called on the police to maintain
a stronger presence in the neighborhood.
“I was born here – there was
never an incident like this in Sha’arayim,” she said. “The police need to do
more here in Rehovot.”
An employee of Birkat Hashem Pizza, across the
street from the shooting, said: “We were here at the pizza place, there was just
an explosion. We went outside and looked and saw a body on the
Just minutes after the shooting, Tel Aviv Police reported
finding a man dead in his bed at his ground floor apartment on Revigo Street in
south Tel Aviv.
The man, a Russian-Israeli in his 40s, showed signs of
serious violence across his upper body, paramedics and police
Initially they said the man appeared to have been murdered, but
shortly thereafter they said it was most likely a suicide.