Police Put Haifa Street on Lockdown After Lethal Shooting

Special forces have barricaded a street in Halisa, and are searching the neighborhood with drawn rifles for shooter who killed a man and wounded another.

Police in Haifa, January 4, 2017.
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Security forces have closed off a street in Haifa Wednesday and are searching for the shooter or shooters responsible for the shooting incidents that killed one person and wounded another in the space of an hour in Haifa the day before.

Special forces have barricaded a street in Haifa's Halisa neighborhood, and are searching the neighborhoods with drawn rifles. A helicopter has been flying over the neighborhood intermittently since last night.

Police said last night they were pursuing several different lines of inquiry.

The first incident occurred at 9:27 A.M., when Yechiel Illouz, a rabbinical judge on the Haifa Rabbinical Court who specializes in conversions, was shot on Ha’atzmaut Street in the lower city and suffered moderate wounds. The assailant fled.

A scene of one of the shootings in Haifa January 3, 2017.
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Then, at 10:06 A.M., MDA was called to treat another shooting victim on Arnon Street in the Hadar neighborhood. Paramedics tried to revive him, but were eventually compelled to declare him dead.

"In the last few days we have seen more and more police presence in the area," one of the residents told Haaretz. "There is no chance that someone from Haifa would do something like this. We hope the police do their work."

Imad, another of the neighborhood's residents said that special police forces "came in at night. They didn't say anything. They knocked on the door. I asked if they had a search warrant. They said they didn't and that I should shut up."

Other residents also reported their homes were searched over night.