Eldad Perry, a real-estate entrepreneur, was assassinated in Rehovot on Friday morning outside a synagogue following morning prayers, police said.
A man on a motorcycle waited for Perry as he walked out of the synagogue and shot him several times and fled the scene, according to reports. Paramedics’ attempts to revive Perry were unsuccessful and he was declared dead at the scene.
Perry owned a real estate firm and had encountered severe financial difficulties forcing a declaration of bankruptcy. As of June 2021, he had amassed personal debts of some NIS 324 million and his company had accrued an even larger deficit, according to reports.
In October, an investigation by KAN uncovered that when Perry’s company was forced to halt operating, many clients who had invested life’s savings with him were left without the apartments they had dreamed of owning.
In a second shooting incident in Tel Aviv’s Neve Sha’anan neighborhood, an Eritrean national in his 30s was critically wounded on Friday morning. Life-saving efforts failed and he was declared dead at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv. The police’s initial suspicion is that the shooting was caused following a scuffle between local criminals.