One Man Killed, Another Injured in Haifa Shootings

Police trying to determine whether the incidents were connected.

The scene of one of the shootings in Haifa.
Magen David Adom

One person was killed and another wounded in two separate shooting incidents within the space of an hour in Haifa on Tuesday.

Police said they were still trying to determine whether the incidents were connected and 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.

Magen David Adom paramedics gave him first aid and then took him to the city’s Rambam Medical Center. He was suffering from several different gunshot wounds, the ambulance service said.

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.

The victim, Guy Kafri, a resident of Nesher, worked as a driver.

Paramedic Raz Diamond said that when they arrived, “we saw a man of about 45 lying on the sidewalk suffering from gunshot wounds in his upper body. He had no pulse and wasn’t breathing.” The medics tried to resuscitate him, “but unfortunately, the wound was very serious and we had to declare him dead on the spot,” Diamond added.

Shahar Dror, Kafri’s brother-in-law, described him as “one of the best and warmest-hearted people I know. He drives children with disabilities. The children love him and he loves them, and he feels a sense of mission about this.

“We can’t understand how this happened,” Dror added. “It doesn’t sound logical that he quarreled with someone.”