Received from a friend. Actual names were removed from this post.Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד
A neighbor who is our age, is studying towards Smicha at Merkaz HaRav. He was supposed be there the night of the shooting, last Thursday evening. He is a doctor and got a call from his hospital saying that he must go in. He is not a 'regular' doctor - he either reads x-rays or is an anesthesiologist.
He was annoyed because he knew he didn't really have to be at the hospital and that he would get to yeshiva late. In the end, he pulled up in front of Merkaz a little after 8:30 PM and found the ambulances there. He called his Chevruta who told him that there was shooting going on and they were all on the floor in the dark and he should get out of there.
The next morning he spoke to this friend. Because our neighbor was not there, they did not have a minyan. They were waiting around for one more person when the shooting started. They closed the lights and hit the floor. If he had gotten there on time, they would have finished Maariv and been down in the room where the shooting happened.
10 men were saved because of that call from the hospital.