Shooting of Lod Woman Marks This Month's Third Murder in the City

Police search for individuals who brought the victim to the hospital, where she died, and immediately disappeared.

Police were seeking another murder suspect  in the city of Lod on Tuesday after a woman in her thirties was shot to death.

The victim was wounded by gunfire in the Pardes Shnir neighborhood and later pronounced dead at Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Rishon Letzion. The police were trying to track down the people that brought her to the hospital and left the scene immediately afterward.

netanyahu - Nir Kafri - October 7 2010
Nir Kafri

The woman's death marked the third murder in the city of Lod so far in this calendar month. Two weeks ago, a 27-year-old woman was murdered in the neighborhood of Ganei Aviv, shot from point-blank range while she sat in her car with her children, including her 7-year-old daughter.

Forty-eight hours prior to the incident, a 38-year-old man was shot to death on a street corner in front of the city hall building.

On October 7, in response to the recent spate of murders in the city, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened an emergency meeting in Lod with Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch and Interior Minister Eli Yishai.

Netanyahu said that he refuses to allow Lod to turn into "the Wild West."

"We are obligated to act, and we will act with all the means at our disposal" to counter the violence, Netanyahu said.

The prime minister said that he called the meeting to show that the government and the various agencies responsible for reducing the violence were serious about doing so.

Public Security Minister Aharonovitch said that increased forces had been deployed in the city. He also said Lod would be the first of several cities to take part in a pilot project to install a network of balloon-mounted surveillance cameras, broadcasting photos 24 hours a day directly to the local police station.

However, representatives of the city's Arab community made clear that they would advise their community not to cooperate with the police. Many Arab residents of Lod have expressed anger at the way police have handled the violence in their city so far.

Just days after political leaders visited Lod, two thieves disguised as flower delivery people mugged a woman on the city streets. In the course of the mugging, the thieves grabbed the woman's baby daughter out of her hands, and threatened to harm her.