Suspect Arrested for Botched Assassination Attempt in Jaffa

Police believe the 20-year-old suspect rode his motorcycle to the street where the 68-year-old woman was walking with the goal of shooting someone else

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Police are seen past a cordon following a shooting in Jaffa, June 16, 2020.
Police are seen past a cordon following a shooting in Jaffa, June 16, 2020.Credit: Motti Millrod

The 68-year-old woman who was wounded by gunfire in Jaffa last week was shot accidentally during an attempted assassination of another person, police said after arresting a suspect in the case on Wednesday.

The suspect, a 20-year-old man from Jaffa, has no criminal record. Nevertheless, police believe he had ridden his motorcycle to the street where the woman was walking with the goal of shooting someone else. Instead, he accidentally shot the woman, who suffered light to moderate injuries.

The suspect has remained silent since his arrest, but police have security camera footage from the area. They have also questioned the man they believe he was trying to shoot, who was involved in a feud with the suspect.

The suspect is likely to be charged with attempted murder, grievous bodily harm and illegal weapons possession.

During the bail hearing at the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court, the suspect’s lawyer argued that the evidence was scanty. But Judge Nava Braverman disagreed. She ordered the suspect held without bail until Sunday, saying there were reasonable grounds to think he was in fact the culprit.

Two months ago, a 20-year-old man was killed and a 12-year-old boy gravely wounded during a shooting in Jaffa. Police said they thought the child was hit accidentally in that case, too. The shooter was riding a motorcycle together with another man, and both escaped.

Last year, stray bullets killed a 70-year-old woman, Sabria Abu Saif, and wounded two other people, a 45-year-old woman and an 11-year-old boy, while they were in the Abu Saif orchard in Jaffa. Police arrested a suspect in that case, but he was later released and the murder remains unsolved to this day.

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