A man was shot dead Monday morning in a suspected gang slaying near a school in the central city of Holon, causing panic among pupils.
The incident unfolded on Histadrut Street in the city at a time when dozens of children were making their way to school.
Eyewitnesses said the victim was driving along a road when two people riding a motor scooter approached his car, one of whom was armed with a pistol.
The driver, apparently realizing what was happening, tried to make his escape.
The gunman then fired at least six shots in the air — apparently to scatter the schoolchildren from the area — and then fired several more rounds at the driver from a short distance, Hadashot TV news reported.
The car continued briefly along the road before colliding with a pole, while the assailants made their escape.
Paramedics who arrived found the man in a critical condition and shortly afterward declared him dead at the scene.
The Israel Police set up roadblocks around the city as they searched for the shooters.
The victim, 42, was from the city of Ramla and known to police, Hadashot reported.
Seven children were treated for panic, the Ynet news site reported, and the school asked students to call their parents and let them know they were safe.
There have been a spate of recent incidents involving suspected hits by warring organized crime groups. Earlier this month a man was killed and another injured when a bomb went off in the car they were driving along a busy main highway. Two days earlier, two men were killed when a bomb went off in their car as they drove through Tel Aviv. Channel 10 reported at the time that one of those killed in Tel Aviv was due to testify in court against a local crime kingpin.
In another incident overnight Sunday, a man in his 30s was stabbed to death in Tiberias apparently during a brawl. He was taken to the city’s Poriya Hospital in serious condition and then transferred to Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, where he was declared dead. A resident of the city, 27, was arrested in connection with the incident.