‘Screams of terror’: 7 hurt, including 2 seriously, in shooting near Western

Seven people were hurt, including two seriously, in a suspected terror shooting attack just outside Jerusalem’s Old City in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, officials said.

According to the Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance service, shots were fired toward a bus on a road near the Western Wall, and also at a parking lot near King David’s Tomb, outside the Old City’s Zion Gate.

Six men were injured, along with a 35-year-old pregnant woman whose life was in danger, according to Hebrew media reports.

The alleged perpetrator had reportedly waited for the bus’s arrival and fired the shots while passengers were boarding, before fleeing.

“The bus was full, jam-packed. I stopped at a bus stop at King David’s Tomb and then I heard gunfire, people started yelling, people were hurt inside the bus,” the bus driver, Daniel Kanievsky, told Hebrew media outlets.

The driver said he had wanted to drive away but couldn’t because passengers were helping a wheelchair-bound woman board the bus, with the lowered ramp blocking the door from closing.

“I waited half an hour before the bus came,” the Ynet news site quoted eyewitness Avraham Deutsch as saying. “I heard three shots, I jumped inside the bus and lay low with everyone. I immediately understood it was a terror attack, and then there were screams of terror. Everyone called police. I saw two older people on the ground and two young people who were hurt in the shoulder.”

“It was a very difficult scene, the blood-soaked tzitzit and abandoned baby stroller will remain in my memory for many years,” said Moshe Levy from the United Hatzalah emergency organization, referring to knotted ritual fringes worn by observant Jews.

Police inspect the scene of a suspected terror shooting outside Jerusalem’s Old City, August 14, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

MDA said its medics treated two people who were seriously hurt, as well as five others who were said to be in light and moderate conditions.

The victims were all taken to hospitals in Jerusalem, MDA said. Shaare Zedek Medical center said five people arrived from the incident, including two in serious condition, one in moderate condition and two with mild injuries. Hadassah Mount Scopus hospital said two people arrived with gunshot wounds and were being examined, and four people suffered from acute anxiety following the shooting.

The alleged assailants reportedly fled the scene in the direction of the nearby East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, with police saying they were treating the incident as a suspected terror attack.

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