By COLlive reporter
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made an early phone call on Tuesday morning following the bloodshed at Chabad-Lubavitch Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights.
“We will leave no stone unturned in the investigation and we will hold back nothing in regards to security for Crown Heights,” de Blasio said in a 7:00am phone call.
He spoke with Chanina Sperlin, governmental liaison of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council following a tumultuous night that left a Yeshiva student in serious condition.
At around 1:00am, Calvin Peters, a 50-year-old African American man, walked into the main synagogue and stabbed Levi Rosenblat, a 22-year-old rabbinical student from Israel.
Rosenblat is currently at Kings County Hospital and family members are requesting the public pray for the stability of his condition. Please say tehillim for Levi Yitzchok ben Raizel.
According to New York Post, a Chabad source said witnesses reported that the man said “Kill the Jews,” but police said the man may have said, “I will kill all of you.” One witness told The Post that the man did not talk about killing Jews.
COLlive.com reported that the attacker was seen at the 770 synagogue earlier and was asked to leave.
The NYPD has round the clock presence in the vicinity of Eastern Parkway and Kingston Avenue, a busy intersection in the neighborhood, but officers do not regularly patrol the entrance of 770.
In the phone call, de Blasio indicated that the NYPD will be placing uniformed officers at 770 and around the Crown Heights neighborhood and indicated this security measure might also be taken at Jewish institutions around the city.
“I am deeply disturbed by the senseless attack at the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters,” said New York City Public Advocate Letitia James.
“Thankfully, the NYPD’s quick work prevented the assailants from harming anyone else. My office will continue to remain in close contact with the the community and law enforcement and offer any support necessary.”
UPDATE (1:44 PM):
The office of Mayor Bill de Blasio released the following statement:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Levi Rosenblatt and the entire Chabad-Lubavitch community in the aftermath of this disturbing attack. New York City stands with the Crown Heights community, and under the leadership of the New York City Police Department, we are monitoring this case very closely and conducting a thorough investigation.
“Commissioner Bratton has also ordered the NYPD to increase security at Jewish religious institutions across the city as a precaution while the investigation is underway. I look forward to visiting the community in the coming days to hear concerns and reassure people of the City’s commitment to all of our safety and security.
“This incident also highlights the urgent need for increased services for emotionally disturbed or troubled people. Preliminary reports suggest the assailant in this case suffered from mental health issues. We as a society must do more for those who struggle with these challenges, and it is why the City has launched a new plan to improve access to mental health care and treatment for those in need.
“Finally, we commend the police officers who answered the call to this incident. They responded quickly to a tense and dangerous situation, and while any loss of life is tragic, we are fortunate that, thanks to the actions of our officers early this morning, more people were not injured or worse. The job our brave men and women perform on a daily basis to protect the people of New York City is often perilous and difficult, and we thank them for their service.”