Police are now confident that a woman shot and seriously wounded in Bat Yam earlier this week was a victim of errant fire rather than an intentional attack, according to multiple reports in Hebrew media Wednesday.
Authorities probing the case believe Adi Peretz, 36, was accidentally hit in the head by a bullet shot as part of a gangland dispute.
Peretz was doing better on Wednesday, had been taken off artificial respiration and had begun communicating with those around her, the Ichilov Medical Center said.
Peretz was driving her car through the Tel Aviv suburb with her young daughter on Monday when she was shot in the head, leading her to crash the car. Her daughter was unharmed physically but suffered emotional trauma from the incident.
Peretz, a resident of Rishon Lezion, was sedated and intubated for several days.
Peretz’s husband told Channel 13 news that they have only been married for four months.
“My wife is a religious woman who covers her hair and did no harm to anyone,” he said.
Immediately after the incident police probed whether it was possible that Peretz was intentionally targeted, and checked all members of her immediate circle.
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’s face was bleeding,” the witness said. “The girl was crying. We calmed her until emergency services arrived.”
“This is not the first time this has happened — unfortunately we hear about such assassinations almost every day,” another witness said. “At first we did not know if it was a terrorist attack or a criminal one.”
No arrests have been announced in connection with the shooting.