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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Israeli car fired upon near Maale Shomron

An Israeli car was fired upon near Maale Shomron in Samaria on Saturday. Fortunately, no one was injured.
The police took the driver's statement, and have launched an investigation. According to an initial inquiry, the shooter used a hunting rifle. The fire appeared to have come from the direction of the nearby village of Azzun.

Local residents told Ynet that in recent weeks, assailants have been hurling stones at vehicles in the area on a daily basis.

"The Ma'ale Shomron Junction has turned a hub of hostile activity," one neighbor said. "Residents are attacked with stones every day, and recently have seen Molotov cocktails hurled as well. We expect the defense establishment to take all the necessary measures to put a stop to the trend before lives are lost."


"In a time when (Palestinian President Mahmoud) Abbas shows respect to the murderer Amna Muna and hugs (Hamas Politburo Chief Khaled) Mashaal, it's no surprise that terrorists are coming out of their holes and trying to kill more Jews," [Yesha Council Chairman Danny Dayan] said.
No, it's not surprising at all. And we could be heading for a lot more of it in the not-too-distant future.



At 10:54 PM, Blogger Captain.H said...

Unless I'm very mistaken, that tight circular group of mostly non-penetrating impacts indicates it was a 12 gauge shotgun blast, not a hunting rifle. A hit from a hunting rifle, or military rifle, fired on semi-automatic, would have produced a single large hole, with a much larger grey area of primer paint visible around the penetration. If it were a rifle fired on automatic, it would have produced a ragged but distinct line of large impact holes. The single circular pattern and number of non-penetrating pellet hits indicates the shooter fired 1 birdshot shell, containing many more smaller pellets, rather than 1 buckshot shell, which contains only 10-12 larger pellets. In other words, the shooter appears to have used a standard 12 gauge hunting shotgun, and fired one round of standard bird-hunting ammunition.

The impact area, right behind the front tire, indicates to me that the shooter attempted to blow out the front tire, forcing a driver's loss of control, then the vehicle would have stopped, by the vehicle hitting an obstacle, or the driver reflexively stomping on the brakes while attempting to regain control of the vehicle. Firing from the right side relative to the vehicle at a range of roughly 20-30 yards, judging by the size of the shot dispersion, the shooter fortunately didn't "lead" the target enough. So the shot hit behind the intended target point, the right front tire.

At that point, had he blown out the tire and the vehicle stopped, the assailant could have resumed firing the shotgun, or other weapons, at the occupants through the vehicle windows. Standard hunting shotguns hold five shells and are relatively quickly reloaded, one shell at a time. This -thank G-d!- was a badly done ambush attempt.


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