Tuesday, December 09, 2014

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CHABAD ATTACKED–Stabbing in 770

Reported via CrownHeights.info

imageA 22-year-old rabbinical student was critically injured after being stabbed in the neck by a disturbed African-American man in the main synagogue sanctuary of Chabad Lubavitch at 770 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York.  The stabber was confronted by police who attempted to contain and disarm him, and following lunging at police with the knife was shot by police officers.  The attacker died of his injuries at the hospital.

The incident began unfolding at around 1:30am when an African-American man entered the synagogue sanctuary in the Lubavitch World Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway and confronted a group of rabbinical students while carrying a large switchblade style knife.

The man appeared to be disturbed and was visibly agitated according to multiple witnesses. The attacker spoke with the men for a minute when he suddenly pulled out a knife and stabbed one of them in the neck. The victim fled out the main doors of the building and collapsed on the sidewalk in front of 770.

The victim was identified by friends as 22-year-old Levi Rosenblat, a rabbinical student from Beitar Ilit, Israel.

As the victim and witnesses fled the synagogue they called out for help and police officers responded within seconds and confronted the suspect still inside.

Cellphone video reveals the NYPD police officers exercising extreme restraint, repeatedly ordering the suspect to drop the knife all while he is asking others around him if they “want to die tonight” and moving towards additional potential victims.  Both the police and the chassidim of 770 are repeatedly seen trying to calm him down and get him to drop the knife.

At one point it appears that the man puts down the knife and the incident concludes without any further bloodshed, but as officers move in to take the suspect into custody he quickly lunges for the knife and once again begins threatening officers.

imageAs the suspect made a move towards police with the knife, he was shot once in the chest and dropped to the ground. Police then move in an cuff him.

In the meantime Hatzalah emergency medical ambulance service volunteers were outside 770 treating the victim, and once the suspect was restrained they were called in to treat the stabber who was now the victim of a gunshot wound.

Both victim and assailant were rushed to Kings County Hospital and were both initially listed in critical condition. The victim was later ‘upgraded’ to stable near critical – condition. The suspect succumbed to his wounds and died at the hospital.

The suspect was identified as a 50-year-old man, but his name was being withheld.

The attacker’s motiviation is unknown at this time, though during the incident he appeared to be disturbed.

The public is still being asked to say Tehillim (Psalms) for the recovery of the victim Levi Yitzchok ben Raizel.

VIDEO of the police confrontation…

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