Akiva Schwartz, a 17-year-old yeshiva student, recalls from his hospital bed how he was wounded when terrorists opened fire at a bus stop at the entrance to Jerusalem this morning.
Three people were killed and six injured in the attack. The slain victims were identified as Livia Dickman, 24, Elimelech Wasserman, 73, and Hannah Ifergan, in her 60s.
Speaking from Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem, Schwartz recounts that he woke up, got ready, and left his home in the capital’s Kiryat Moshe neighborhood to head to his studies.
However, he missed his usual bus heading out of the city, so he had to wait another 20 minutes for the next to arrive.
“I was sitting there and playing on my phone. Then I suddenly heard these pops, these shots. I looked and saw this man holding a gun shooting at everyone who was there. I ran,” Schwartz says.
“I felt something weird, like I couldn’t feel something in my leg. I kept half-running, half-limping in the direction of the city center,” he says.
Schwartz stopped near a gas station and called his parents, as a large number of ambulances and other emergency vehicles converged on the scene.
“I went and knocked on the window of an ambulance and told the guy in it that I was injured and that I thought I had shrapnel in my leg. He got out and took care of me. They put me in the ambulance and took me to the hospital,” he says.