Woman murdered in Be'er Sheva shooting

Young woman shot in car with her 3 kids. Police say attack was criminal, as her husband was state witness against crime boss.

Ari Yashar , | updated: 19:22

Scene of Be'er Sheva attack (file)
Scene of Be'er Sheva attack (file)

A young woman aged around 30 was murdered in a shooting on Monday night in Be'er Sheva. Initial reports said she was stabbed, but police later clarified that she had been shot.

The woman suffered critical wounds but later died of her injuries after being evacuated to the hospital. She was shot while driving in her car with her three small children, police reported, noting they were transferred to welfare authorities.

The attacker fled the scene, and after checking whether it was a terror attack police are now saying the attack was criminal in nature, even though one of the witnesses who gave testimony to the police said the attacker was an Arab, reports Channel 2​.

Reportedly the woman's husband is known to the police, and was a witness for the state who helped incriminate a crime boss.

Magen David Adom (MDA) reports that the woman was wounded on Yerushalayim Boulevard in the southern city.

Medics gave her treatment before evacuating her to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva. The woman, who is a resident of Be'er Sheva, suffered penetrating wounds to the upper body.

A police statement read: "due to a report to the 100 hotline about hearing gunshots on Yerushalayim Boulevard in Be'er Sheva, large police forces arrived on the scene and located a shot woman in a car. Large police forces and a medical force were dispatched to the scene."

While most of the current Arab terror wave that has been raging since last September has been focused on Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem, Be'er Sheva has come in for its share of attacks as well.

Last October a lethal shooting and stabbing attack took place at Be'er Sheva's central station, committed by a Druze Arab citizen of Israel.

The terrorist, Muhaned Al-Okabi, murdered 19-year-old IDF soldier Omri Levy and wounded nine others in the attack before being killed. An Eritrean illegal immigrant was also killed by a Bedouin security guard, after being mistaken for an accomplice in the attack.