A 45-year-old man was shot and killed and a rabbi who oversees conversions was seriously injured in two separate shooting incidents in Haifa on Tuesday. Police launched a manhunt for the suspected shooter or shooters.
The incidents occurred within the same hour at different locations, criminal motivations are suspected and police are investigating if there is a connection between the two incidents.
The first incident occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Haatzma’ut street, where Rabbi Yechiel Illouz, 48, and a judge on the Haifa rabbinical court for conversions was seriously injured after being shot multiple times and evacuated to the Rambam Medical Center.
The police were attempting to locate the gunman when a second shooting occurred on Hagiborim street around 10:20 a.m.
The second victim, 45, who reportedly is also is also a rabbi was fatally wounded and pronounced dead on the scene by MDA medics.
A Coastal District Police spokesman told The TOT that there are multiple contradicting eyewitness accounts some saying the shooter is male others saying female.
Police are searching for multiple suspects.
“At this stage it seems that the two events have a criminal background, the investigation is ongoing,” the Coastal District Police said in a statement Tuesday morning.
Neither of the victims were known to police as people of interest.
A relative of Illouz told Ynet that the shooting was a case of “mistaken identity”. “He is a quiet person by nature, shy, never argued with anyone in the world, also not with his kids.”
A gag order issued by the Haifa Magistrates Court was placed on the publication of any information that could identify suspects in the murder case on Hagiborim street.