Israeli couple miraculously survives second roadside shooting

Thursday, September 02, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

An Israeli couple driving from Jerusalem to their home in the Jordan Valley region on Wednesday evening were the victims of the second Palestinian roadside terrorist shooting attack in as many days.

Moshe Moreno, a teacher at a pre-military school in the Jewish town of Ma'aleh Ephraim, said he and his wife were driving on an empty road when suddenly another car started following them very closely.

The second car turned on its bright lights and tailed Moreno. He tried to make signs that the other driver should pass, but the second car continued to tail and harass Moreno for some miles.

Finally, the second car began to pass Moreno, but as it pulled alongside his vehicle, the occupants of the other car opened fire.

Police later said that nine bullet holes were found in Moreno's driver-side door. However, only one hit Moreno in the leg, causing a moderate injury from which he is now fully recovering.

After the initial burst of fire, Moreno pulled his car over and began to frantically unbuckle himself and his wife. But the terrorists also pulled over, and one approached Moreno's car to finish the job. But, miraculously, the terrorist's gun jammed, giving Moshe and his wife enough time to jump out the other side of the car and dive down a small hill next to the road.

From their hiding place, the couple called the army and were rescued. The terrorists managed to flee the scene back into Palestinian Authority-controlled areas.

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