The woman who seriously wounded, apparently by stray gunfire, while in her car with her young daughter in Bat Yam was named on Tuesday as Adi Peretz.
Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital said the 36-year-old remained in serious condition after she was shot in the head on Monday evening while driving through the Tel Aviv suburb.
The hospital said Peretz, a resident of Rishon Lezion, was sedated and intubated. She was being treated in the neurosurgical intensive care unit, the hospital said.
Her daughter, 4, was unharmed physically but suffered emotional trauma from the incident.
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.
“There has been no improvement since yesterday,” he told the Kan public broadcaster. “We are praying that everything will be fine. I have no idea what happened.”
A family member told Channel 12 news that Peretz has no connection to the underworld.
“She would never hurt a fly, she is not connected to this [criminal] world. We pray that she recovers,” the unnamed relative said.
Peretz 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, reports said.
Police have opened an investigation into the incident on Neviim Street in Bat Yam, the force said.
A senior official in the probe told Channel 12 news that they were examining all possible avenues of investigation, and that all members of Peretz’s immediate circle were being checked to try to establish if she was targeted or whether the shooting was accidental or a case of mistaken identity.
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’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.”
Peretz was initially taken to Wolfson Medical Center in nearby Holon before being transferred to Ichilov as her condition worsened.
No arrests have been announced in connection with the shooting.