A Brooklyn father was seriously injured on Sunday while trying to protect his family from a Palestinian terrorist in Jerusalem, while a pregnant woman from the borough who was also shot in the attack had to undergo an emergency C-section.
The seriously injured Patriarch, Shia Hersch Glick of Williamsburg, “was shot in the neck while protecting his wife and children,” Senator Chuck Schumer said at an unrelated news conference in New York City.
Glick — a “cancer survivor loved by everyone in the community” — is in critical condition on a ventilator but is expected to survive, Schumer said. Local Israeli hospital officials said the man’s son suffered minor injuries when he was shot in the right arm.
Meanwhile, the injured, unnamed 35-year-old mother-to-be underwent an emergency C-section after being shot in the abdomen, said Dr. Alon Schwartz of Shaarei Tzedek Medical Center told i24 News.
“The baby is intubated in the neonatal intensive care unit — ventilated and intubated and also in serious condition,” Schwartz said.
A fifth American — Menachem Palace, 22, also from Brooklyn — was also among a total of eight people shot, the Times of Israel reported.
The group was on a bus bound for a religious site known at the time as David’s Tomb.
“I looked to the right, next to the window I was sitting next to, and I saw that it was completely smashed. I quickly dove down and saw blood on my shoulder,” Palace said.
“Out of all the adrenaline, I didn’t notice a bullet going into my shoulder.”
Two Israeli brothers identified by the news media as Elazar, 19, and Dovi, 16, were also among the gunshot victims. According to reports, the siblings were reunited at the hospital hours later.
“My two brothers were waiting for the bus together last night,” their older brother Yair told Channel 13, according to Times of Israel.
“Elazar helped a woman get on the bus and my 16-and-a-half-year-old brother Dovi was still standing at the bus stop when the shooting started,” Yair said.
“Dovi called himself and told [the family] that they were both hit by a bullet, that he was conscious and that he was doing well. It calmed us down.”
The gunman — 26-year-old East Jerusalem resident Amir Sidawi — took a taxi to the police station later Sunday and surrendered himself to police, the report said.
Cabbie Shalom Harush said he had no idea at the time that he was controlling an alleged terrorist.
“It’s not a good feeling,” he told Walla News.