2 men shot, seriously hurt in central city of Lod

In separate incident, man, reportedly known to police as figure in criminal underworld, opens fire during alleged road rage incident on Route 6; no injuries

Illustrative: Israel Police investigate the scene of a crime on June 2, 2021. (Israel Police)
Illustrative: Israel Police investigate the scene of a crime on June 2, 2021. (Israel Police)

Two men were seriously injured on Tuesday when they were shot in broad daylight in an apparent assassination attempt in the central city of Lod.

The two were taken to Shamir Medical Center in Be’er Yaakov for medical treatment.

Police said they have opened an investigation, while Hebrew-language media reports said security officials believe the motive behind the shooting to be criminal rather than terror-related. ​

The shooting came hours after gunfire was aimed at a car in Lod, lightly injuring a man, 34, from a known crime family, the Kan public broadcaster reported. The victim sought care at a hospital and police opened an investigation.

The sounds of long bursts of shots could be heard in a video recorded by a local resident.

It was unclear if the two incidents were connected.

In a separate incident, a man and a woman were arrested Tuesday after shots were fired at a vehicle traveling on Route 6 during what an initial investigation found was apparently an incident of road rage.

The man, who was driving in a car with the woman as his passenger, is suspected of shooting at another driver after a spat developed between them on the highway. The suspects are both residents of the southern city of Ashkelon.

There were no injuries in that incident.

An initial probe found that following an altercation, the suspect chased down the other vehicle and fired at the driver, according to Hebrew media reports. There was not thought to be any previous acquaintance between the two men.

Police said they were alerted by the target of the shooting to the incident, which took place near the Kiryat Gat Interchange in the south. After collecting evidence the police arrested the two suspects, who were to be brought later Tuesday for a remand hearing at the Ashkelon Magistrate’s Court.

The male suspect is known to police as a figure in the criminal underworld and has in the past survived an attempt on his life, Hebrew media reported.

As part of a crackdown on gun crime, the Knesset on Tuesday passed a bill mandating minimum sentences for possession and trafficking of illegal firearms

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