Victim from Beitar Illit injured in upper body; police shoot assailant after tense standoff caught on tape; attacker dies of his wounds
(SOURCE) An Israeli man was stabbed early Tuesday morning by an assailant at Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in New York.
The attacker, a black male, entered the Hasidic movement’s headquarters in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood and stabbed the 22-year-old several times in the upper body.
The victim, an ultra-Orthodox Israeli, was lightly to moderately injured in the attack. The Yeshiva World News website reported that he was conscious and had spoken to a relative on the phone.
The attacker, who appears in a video speaking English with a heavy accent, was shot by police who arrived at the scene, after he refused to put down his weapon.
He was evacuated to a hospital under arrest, and was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital, police told local New York media.
A witness told the New York Daily News that the suspect entered the complex screaming: “I will kill the Jew, I want to kill the Jew.”
A Chabad spokesperson said the attack was most likely not terror-related.
“There is a 98% chance that this wasn’t a hate incident or a nationalistically motivated incident,” he told Army Radio.
The spokesperson said that many “borderline homeless” people visited the Jewish center late at night, hoping to enter to warm up. He said that there was most likely “an unpleasant exchange” between attacker and victim, after which “the stabber took out a kitchen knife and screamed at the Jewish youth that he would kill him.”
The spokesman said the Israeli man was stabbed repeatedly in the neck area, and once in the abdomen.