SUMMARY: Earlier reports, video and photos in the extended article.
A lone Arab terrorist, 27, from a PA (Palestinian Authority) area in the Hebron district approached Gush Etzion Junction shortly after noon. He headed to the hitchhiking post facing southbound, in the direction of Kiryat Arba and Hebron. He attempted to stab a victim. It is unclear if he did so but a soldier or a civilian nearby fired at him, neutralizing him but also hitting an innocent person.
The man in his 20s who was hit by gunfire was transported to the trauma unit of Shaar Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem is in critical condition, arriving in traumatic cardiac arrest. It is reported he was hit by the gunfire directed at the terrorist.
The terrorist was taken to a hospital in moderate condition from gunfire.
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[VIDEO & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] 12:22: First reports of a terrorist attack at Gush Etzion Junction.
At present it appears one person has been stabbed and another shot, possibly the terrorist. additional information to follow.
12:28: Hatzalah Yosh is reporting the victim is in very serious condition and unconscious. Police are working to clear area roadways to expedite transport to a Jerusalem trauma center.
The Hatzalah Yosh report adds the victim was stabbed in the upper body. The terrorist was shot and appears to be in moderate condition.
It appears the attack occurred at the hitchhiking post heading south, towards Kiryat Arba and Hebron.
A civilian appears to have shot and neutralized the terrorist, not a soldier or policeman.
12:39: According to the ID card found on the terrorist, he was born in 1989 and is a PA resident of Hebron.
12:45: According to the ID card found on the terrorist, he was born in 1989 and is a PA resident of Hebron.
Authorities cannot make an absolute determination at this time but the victim may have been hit by gunfire directed at the terrorist as well. This information will follow after surgeons in the trauma center begin working on the victim, whose condition is now listed as critical.
12:53: Shaare Zedek Hospital: The victim has arrived in the trauma center as CPR is being performed.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photos: Gush Fire & Rescue via Media Resource Group & MDA Spokesman)