Man Shoots and Kills Terminally Ill Wife in Hospital, Commits Suicide

Police raise the possibility that the man may have wanted to end his partner's suffering, among other motives being examined

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Shamir Medical Center in Tel Aviv, March 17, 2020.
Shamir Medical Center in Tel Aviv, March 17, 2020.Credit: Ilan Assayag
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A 76-year-old man on Tuesday shot his 74-year-old wife, who was terminally ill and receiving treatment at a Tel Aviv hospital, killing her and later committing suicide. 

The man held a firearms license and worked as a security guard. Police are examining the possibility that he was attempting to put his ill wife out of her misery, among other motives. Police are on their way to the scene. 

Dr. Osnat Levzion-Korah, director of Shamir Medical Center, said that at 2:30 P.M., "A man entered the department in which his very seriously ill wife was hospitalized, shot her and shot himself, and they were unfortunately declared dead at the scene."

His wife, she said, was hospitalized there for the past two days, and because the man held a weapons license, security guards allowed him to enter with his gun. The staff, though shocked, "but worked responsibly and began resuscitation," Levzion-Korah said. Two other patients were in the room and witnessed the event.

According to a statement from Shamir Medical Center, the leg of a patient in the room next door was scraped by a bullet that broke through the wall. 

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