Man Seriously Hurt After Shot at Close Range in Rehovot Market

Initial police probe: Shooting came after dispute over payment of protection money in market.

A 30-year-old Rehovot resident was found in the central city's retail market Tuesday morning after being shot in the head at close range.

Police are calling the shooting, which was reported at around 7:15 A.M. to Magen David Adom emergency services, an attempted murder.

Police forces and by medical personnel rushed to the scene after the report and found the victim unconscious.

Magen David Adom paramedics administered preliminary medical treatment and evacuated the man to the local Kaplan hospital. The wound left the victim seriously wounded.

A preliminary investigation conducted by Rehovot police found that the shooting had been criminally motivated, resulting from a dispute over the payment of protection money in the market.

Rehovot police officers, headed by deputy Central District commander Yossi Bachar, swept the area in search of the suspect, who had fled the scene.