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Report from eyewitnesses to the synagogue shooting and City of David shooting in Jerusalem
Jerusalem synagogue shooting:
On Friday night at 8:16 P.M., United Hatzalah’s Command and Dispatch Center received reports of several injuries following a shooting incident that took place on Neve Yaakov street in Jerusalem at the entrance to a local synagogue.
Yosef Deshet, a United Hatzalah volunteer EMT, was in the synagogue with his son when the shooting began. “When I heard the gunshots begin I took cover on the floor under a table with my son. Immediately after the shooting ended, I ran to my house nearby to bring my son back to safety and to grab my medical trauma kit and bulletproof vest. I then ran back to the synagogue and found a number of people seriously injured and in critical condition. I initiated CPR and reported the number of injured and the severity of the injuries to dispatch.”
Volunteer EMT Chanoch Reem, who lives in front of the synagogue, arrived at the scene immediately after the shooting subsided and treated several people who were seriously injured.
“The terrorist killed three people at the entrance to the synagogue and left three others with various injuries,” Chanoch recounted. “He then drove away while continuing to shoot passersby including children, killing four more people and injuring an additional three.”
In total, over 30 United Hatzalah volunteer EMTs, five paramedics, and three doctors treated those injured following the attack, with five ambulances responding to the scene.
Due to the nature of the incident, the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit was also dispatched and treated numerous eyewitnesses for emotional and psychological shock.
“I was just beginning his Shabbat (Friday night) meal when the attack occurred,” recounted Unit member Daniel Katzenstein. “I grabbed my bulletproof helmet and vest and rushed to the scene of the attack. Once the police gave the okay that the scene was safe, I began to provide psychological first aid and emotional stabilization to those injured and the eye-witnesses in numerous locations, both at the synagogue and down the street where the attack took place.”
City of David shooting
On Saturday morning at 10:42 A.M., United Hatzalah’s Dispatch and Command center received reports of a terror attack on Ma’alot Ir David Street near the city of David in Jerusalem.
United Hatzalah volunteer paramedic Yisrael Kama, who treated victims at the scene, reported: “A 13-year-old terrorist shot a Jewish man and his son with a handgun before being neutralized. One of them was seriously injured while the other sustained moderate injuries. I provided initial treatment, stabilizing the patients together with additional volunteers until the ambulances arrived. I accompanied the seriously injured patient during transport to the hospital to provide additional care.”
Due to the nature of the incident, the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit was dispatched and treated numerous eyewitnesses for emotional and psychological shock.