Israeli man shot to death at Alabama moving company warehouse

Foreign Ministry: 44-year-old slain in Birmingham was longtime resident of US; security group says attack did not target Jews and sees no further threats

Luke Tress is an editor and a reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

Illustrative: Authorities at the scene of a shooting in Birmingham, Alabama, March 14, 2018. (AP//Brynn Anderson)
Illustrative: Authorities at the scene of a shooting in Birmingham, Alabama, March 14, 2018. (AP//Brynn Anderson)

An Israeli citizen was murdered on Thursday in Birmingham, Alabama, the Foreign Ministry said.

The Israeli consulate in Atlanta and the Foreign Ministry were handling the case and were in touch with the victim’s family, the ministry said in a statement.

The 44-year-old man had been living in the US for a number of years, the statement said.

The Foreign Ministry said the killing had taken place during a robbery, but police in Alabama said the motive was unknown.

Police were dispatched to the scene at 5:15 a.m. Thursday morning. They found the unresponsive victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound in the warehouse bay of a moving company called Insta Movers.

Responding officers attempted lifesaving resuscitation efforts on the victim. He was evacuated to Birmingham’s UAB hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, the Birmingham Police Department said.

Police told the Times of Israel the gunman apparently approached the victim, shot him and then fled. No one else was injured in the incident.

Police later identified the fatality as Snir Lalum, a resident of the nearby city of Vestavia Hills.

Police had not apprehended any suspects as of Thursday evening.

The Secure Community Network, which coordinates security for Jewish organizations in North America, confirmed to The Times of Israel that the moving company homicide victim was the Israeli citizen whom the Foreign Ministry reported killed.

The security group said it was working with the Birmingham Jewish Federation and the Birmingham Police Department, that the incident was not a “targeted attack against the Jewish community” and that there were no further threats.

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