Three Men Killed in Drive-by Shooting in Lod

Israeli police believe the incident is connected to an ongoing, deadly dispute between family-run crime organizations

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The shite of the drive-by shooting in which three men were killed, Lod, June 6, 2020.
The site of the drive-by shooting in which three men were killed, Lod, June 6, 2020. Credit: Magen David Adom
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Bar Peleg

Three men in their 40s were shot dead Saturday by an unknown assailant in the Israeli city of Lod.

The men were shot with an automatic weapon in a drive-by shooting, according to an initial investigation by the Israel Police. The suspects fled the scene of the crime.

Two of the men were sitting in the front of a vehicle while the third was sitting in the back. They were driving a white pickup truck containing building materials, and were thought to be returning from work. 

Emergency personnell pronounced the men dead at the site of the shooting.

Two of the three men have no criminal record or criminal family affiliation.

Police are investigating who the target of the shooting was. Police sources believe that the shooting is part of an ongoing dispute between family-run crime organizations in the Jawarish neighborhood of the nearby city Ramla. 

The family of one of the victims in the shooting was recently murdered in Netanya.

A burned vehicle was found on Palmachim Beach which police suspect was used by the assailants.

The Shalom District Court issued a 24-hour gag order on the details of the case. The police investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

In August, a businessman with no criminal record, Hamoude Moghrabi, was murdered. The man was an accountant who handled one of the organization's gambling businesses in Emergency personnel London. 

The police arrested three suspects in that murder, two from the town of Jaljulia and one from Jawarish. Shortly thereafter, another person was murdered in Jawarish in a suspected revenge killing. At the man's funeral, another was shot and killed.

In March, a man and a woman from Jawarish were shot in a drive-by in Netanya. The man was a brother of one of the suspect in Moghrabi's murder, and was shot dead. The woman, seriously injured, survived.   

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