Galilee man shoots 5, takes own life

Husband, wife and another man found dead Sunday morning; three daughters, aged 8-16, and another woman seriously wounded; two daughters later die

Gavriel Fiske is a reporter at The Times of Israel

View of the village of Daburiyya (photo credit: CC BY Wikipedia)
View of the village of Daburiyya (photo credit: CC BY Wikipedia)

A man, 48, is suspected of carrying out a mass shooting attack against his own family in the Arab village of Daburiyya on Sunday morning, killing his wife and another man and then taking his own life. His three daughters were also seriously wounded by gunfire; two later died of their injuries.

Emergency services and police responded around 8 a.m. Sunday morning to three separate incidents in the village, located in the Galilee near Nazareth.

A woman in her 30s was found shot to death at her place of work, a nursing home, and was later determined to be the wife of the suspected shooter. Her daughter, 8, was found in the same location, suffering from gunshot wounds and in critical condition.

Two teenage girls, later determined to be two daughters of the suspected perpetrator from a previous marriage, were found shot in critical condition in a second location and were airlifted by helicopter to a hospital in Afula. Both of the teenage victims were later pronounced dead.

At around the same time, a man in his 50s was found dead in an apartment in the village. He was found in critical condition but paramedics were unable to save his life. He worked in the same nursing home as the mother, Haaretz reported.

Shortly the thereafter, parked on a road outside the village, police discovered another man, 48, dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities quickly determined that he was the father and husband of the female victims, and suspect that he carried out the attacks and then took his own life.

Reportedly, the couple was going through a divorce. Authorities launched a full investigation into the incident.

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