Man Fatally Shot in Front of Family in Fight Over Parking Space in Central Israel, Police Say

Three others stabbed to death within two days in separate incidents across the country

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Police officers on the scene of a mall shooting, Ramle, Israel, July 28, 2019.
Police officers on the scene of a mall shooting, Ramle, Israel, July 28, 2019.Credit: Ofer Vaknin

A man in his early forties was shot and killed following an altercation in the parking lot of the Azrieli Mall in the central Israeli city of Ramle on Sunday, according to reports from police and emergency services.

Another altercation between colleagues at a poultry processing plant in the northern city of Kiryat Shmona also led to a fatal stabbing on Sunday, the third such killing in two days.

The suspect of the Ramle shooting, a 74-year-old man from the nearby city of Lod whose children were present on the scene, was arrested on the spot by police.

Both victim and suspect came to the shopping mall with their families and tried to park their cars in the same spot. The ensuing argument drove the older man to pull out a gun, for which he had a license, and shoot the other from a very short distance.

“When we arrived in the parking lot, we saw a man lying unconscious with a gunfire wound to his body, while a woman police officer was conducting basic resuscitation on him," Magen David Adom paramedic Ofir Shaish said. The ambulance crew carried out advanced resuscitation, and evacuated him to the nearby Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Tzrifin in critical condition. He later died of his wounds.

“A woman and several girls, who were present during the incident, were treated for shock by other Magen David Adom paramedics at the scene,” added Shaish.

Emergency services attending a shooting at a mall in Ramle, Israel, July 28, 2019. Credit: Ofer Vaknin

In Kiryat Shmona, police have opened a murder investigation in the fatal stabbing of a 20-year-old man from a village in northern Israel.

He was killed on Sunday after an argument with a fellow employee of the Off HaGalil poultry factory. According to preliminary reports, the suspect stabbed the victim with a sharp object and fled the scene. He was arrested shortly afterwards.

Doron Ofer Shitreet, a paramedic in the Magen David Adom emergency services, said that a responder team arrived on the scene, finding a young man with stab wounds. “We examined him, but he had no pulse and was not breathing. We performed advanced resuscitation maneuvers on him, including massage, artificial respiration and administration of medicines, but we ultimately had to determine his death at the scene.”

Earlier on Sunday, an 83-year-old woman was stabbed to death in Umm al-Fahm, the unofficial capital of Israel's Arab—majority 'Triangle' region, bordering the West Bank. Her 47-year-old son was arrested on suspicion of causing her death. Israeli police are also investigating the circumstances and background of this incident.

The day before, a 65-year-old woman was stabbed to death in her apartment in Bnei Brak, just east of Tel Aviv, with her 32-year-old also the main suspect. According to officials, the father called the police after he saw his son, who lives with his parents, committing the act. The son has been hospitalized in the past with mental issues, according to investigators, who are trying to determine the motives of the attack. Authorities have not previously received any complaints of violent acts committed by the son.

The police added that the incident was a criminal case. The suspect received emergency response teams at the entrance to the building, leading them to the apartment in which his mother was lying. Neighbors emerging from a nearby synagogue said that the son was known in the neighborhood as mentally unstable. “There were always confrontations and quarrels in that apartment” said one neighbor.