Haifa underworld figure shot to death in ambush outside his home

Two people suffer moderate injuries in attack; assailant remains at large after fleeing scene, likely with help of getaway car.

crime scene (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [illustrative])
crime scene
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [illustrative])
A well-known local criminal was shot to death in the stairwell outside his apartment in Haifa Tuesday afternoon, in what police are saying appears to be a “settling of accounts” between the man and rival underworld figures.
Coastal Region Spokesman Eran Shaked said that police believe that the gunman waited for the victim next to his apartment and shot and killed him at close range before fleeing the scene. He added that by the time paramedics arrived the man was already dead.
The investigation has been handed over the coastal branch of the YAMAR investigative unit.
Also Tuesday, shortly after 10am a man opened on a motorcycle opened fire on three men sitting in a car at the Givati junction near Ashkelon. Two of the men were moderately wounded and the third was lightly hurt in the shooting. The shooter managed to flee and has not been found.
That shooting followed a similar one last Thursday, in which two men, including known underworld figure Eli Orkabi, were shot and killed in Petach Tikva by a man who opened fire from a passing motorcycle before fleeing the scene.