Rabbinical court judge wounded by gunfire in Haifa

A religious services worker was shot dead and a rabbinical court judge moderately wounded in two shooting incidents in Haifa.

Uzi Baruch ,

Scene of shooting incident in Haifa
Scene of shooting incident in Haifa
photo: MDA spokesman

A 45-year-old man was shot dead on Hagiborim Street in Haifa Tuesday morning. Roz Diamand, the MDA paramedic who treated the wounded man said: "When we got there we saw a man of about 45 lying on the sidewalk with gunshot wounds to the upper body. He had no pulse and no breathing, and we immediately started to give him CPR, but unfortunately the injury was very severe and we had to pronounce him dead."

A few minutes earlier, 40-year-old man was shot and moderately wounded on Atzma’ut Street, about 4 km away. The wounded man was evacuated to Rambam Hospital in Haifa. The suspect fled the scene and police are combing the area. They are also investigating whether there is a connection between the two shootings.

The dead person has been identified as a member of Haifa's religious services personnel, while the wounded man is a senior rabbinical court judge who served on a conversion court in Haifa.

Circumstances of the incident are not yet clear. Police are examining the possibility that the incident was racially motivated.