Israeli Police Brace For Violence After Mob Hit Kills Son Of Crime Boss

Police block the entrance to the old city on May 2, 2016 in Jerusalem, Israel. The old city of Jerusalem is on a lockdown, with police on high alert following the stabbing. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
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The Times of Israel reports: Police in the Tel Aviv area are bracing for a surge in violence between rival organized crime groups following a Saturday night shooting that killed the son of a top crime boss.

Shai Shirazi, 30, was mortally wounded in the shooting attack on Moshe Sneh Street in northern Tel Aviv.

Unidentified assailants pulled up to the victim’s Mazda 3 at a red light and fired a large number of rounds into the vehicle. A second passenger, 45, was lightly wounded.

Both men were taken to the nearby Ichilov hospital, where Shirazi was pronounced dead.

The assailants fled the scene. Police scrambled to close Moshe Sneh Street and deployed roadblocks around the city, especially along likely escape routes toward Highway 5 and the city’s northern exits.

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