At approximately 1:45 am, according to witnesses who were sitting in 770 Eastern Parkway – Lubavitch Headquarters, a black male entered with a serrated 9-inch kitchen knife, police said.
One bochur saw him and shouted at him to drop the knife, but he approached a bochur who was standing near the bima, and stabbed him once in the neck, witnesses described. Bystanders also reported hearing the attacker shout “kill the Jews.”
Flagged down by witnesses, cops then ran into 770 and demanded that he drop the knife. After a standoff with police at gunpoint, he did drop the knife, but after a few moments grabbed it again. He then lunged at the cop, who shot him in the torso.
Hatzalah treated the victim, 22-year-old Levi Rosenblatt, a resident of Betar Illit, Israel, who is learning in “Kvutza” in 770, who was taken to the hospital. He is conscious and is reportedly in stable condition. Both the victim and the assailant were transported to Kings County Hospital.
In a phone conversation with COL.org.il, the mother of the victim said, “I spoke with my son on the phone a few minutes after he arrived at the hospital. He was undergoing examinations to make sure that he is ok,” she said. “He is going to be in the hospital for the next few days so that they can give him antibiotics against infection and monitor his blood flow to make sure he has no blood clots.”
“He was stabbed beneath the ear, towards the back of the neck,” she described.
“Thank G-d in the zechus of the Rebbe, he was in the Rebbe’s home, he is ok,” she told YNet News.
Please say Tehillim for Levi Yitzchak ben Raizel for a speedy recovery.
Update 3:30 am: The stabber has died from his wounds at Kings County Hospital, NYPD confirmed.
The NYPD has informed that 770 will be closed for Shachris. Anyone that has a locker will be permitted to retrieve their belongings.
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