A woman was critically injured by gunfire while driving in her car with her young daughter in the Tel Aviv suburb of Bat Yam Monday.
The girl, 4, was unharmed physically but suffered emotional trauma from the incident.
The mother was hospitalized in serious condition at Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital with a gunshot wound to her head.
The woman did not appear to have been targeted in the shooting, but was likely a victim of mistaken identity or stray gunfire from underworld criminal activity, according to initial reports.
Police have opened an investigation into the incident on the city’s Neviim Street, the force said.
The shots were apparently fired at a man who was sitting in another vehicle near the victim, Haaretz reported. A police source told the paper the gunman appeared to have been standing near the road.
An eyewitness told Walla that he heard five or six shots fired and he saw a man firing at a passing car that then veered onto the sidewalk.
“The woman was bleeding on her face,” the witness said. “The girl was crying, we calmed her until emergency services arrived.”
No arrests have been announced in connection with the shooting.
The woman was initially taken to Wolfson Medical Center in nearby Holon before being transferred to Ichilov as her condition worsened.
Ichilov Hospital said that it had received a woman with a gunshot wound to her head, who was being kept under sedation. She was being treated in the Neurosurgical intensive care unit, the hospital said.
Magen David Adom medics said the woman, whose name was not released, was conscious when they arrived.
A family friend of the injured woman told media she was “in great shock” at what had happened and noted the woman had gotten married just a few months ago.