Man Shot Dead, His Mother Seriously Wounded, in Central Israeli Town

Police are say the shooting was retribution for a January murder

The scene of the shooting in the Israeli city of Tira, February 23, 2019.

A 40-year-old man was shot to death and his mother was shot and seriously wounded on Saturday in the central Israeli city of Tira.

According to the police and the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, Shadi Nasser was evacuated to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The mother, 60, was brought to the hospital with wounds in her upper body and is being treated in currently in stable condition. Police say Nasser was driving his mom to a nearby grocery store when their car was shot at. 

An initial investigation by the police suggests that the shooting was a retribution for a January murder, ruling out the possibility of involved terrorism. 

Shadi Nasser

No arrests have been made. 

The man is the third victim in Tira this year. Two people were shot to death in January while standing outside a car wash facility near Tira, Ashraf Fadili, 43, and Odah Abd al Hai, 27. According to witnesses, an anonymous person shot the two from a passing car and fled the scene.

In May, an 18-year-old woman was shot to death outside her home in Tira.

Nasser's car that was shot at.

Police said the shooter apparently waited for Zubeida Mansour and shot her when she entered the yard at around 1 A.M. before fleeing the scene.

Mansour’s death added to Tira residents’ fury over what they term the police’s failure to deal with crime in the city.