Two young men were killed and six people wounded Monday night when a man opened fire randomly at partygoers in the backyard of a house in Netanya.
Police said the motive was criminal, and the assailant fled the scene. Two of the wounded are in moderate condition and four were slightly injured.
The dead are Aviv Boaron, 21 and Ron Yaakov, 20.
Dozens of shots were fired at the backyard of a house where a party with dozens of participants was taking place. The police said the assailant fired indiscriminately at a group of people before running off.
It is unclear whether an argument that erupted caused the attacker to go get his gun, or whether he was an assassin who planned the assault.
Eli Bin, head of Magen David Adom emergency services, described the scene: “The place looked like a slaughterhouse, terrible sights of blood everywhere and evidence of people who had been hurt.”
Senior MDA medic Alon Kakun said: “When we arrived at the scene we saw wounded people lying with gunshot wounds, a young man was unconscious, without a pulse and not breathing, and nearby was another young man who was partly conscious. Six of the wounded suffered from gunshot wounds in their extremities and their upper torso.”
Earlier on Monday there were two criminally motivated murders, in Umm al-Fahm and Bat Yam. In Bat Yam a 27-year old was shot dead by an assailant on a motorcycle. The victim was sitting in a car with a known criminal, who was unharmed. The police, who have imposed a gag order on the investigation, say they believe the second man was the shooter’s actual target. There had been two previous attempts on his life in 2002 and 2003. In 2004, while under house arrest on murder charges, the man fled Israel for a South American country. In 2006 he was extradited to Israel and imprisoned.
Police said an investigation has been launched into the fatal shooting in Umm al-Fahm of a 47-year-old local man, who was critically wounded and later pronounced dead at Ha’emek Hospital in Afula. Police said another man, 27, was shot in the same incident and moderately wounded.