Two Hasidic men were viciously assaulted in Newark, New Jersey on Thursday afternoon.
The incident happened at around 3:00PM at Freeman Street near Fleming Street.
Shimon Klein and his adult son Yoel Klein were in the offices of NFI Footwear when they buzzed an unknown number of individuals into their office, and were then beaten with a hammer and a fire extinguisher.
Hatzolah of Newark and NJ Statewide Hatzolah both responded to the scene.
The victims were rushed to University Hospital. The father is listed in critical condition with a serious head injury. The son is in serious but stable condition.
NJ State Police Chaplain Rabbi Abe Friedman along with the NJ Statewide Hatzolah Coordinators are at the hospital working with law enforcement personnel to determine whether this was a hate crime or not.
Additional information will be published when it becomes available to us.
Please say Tehillim for Shimon Yisroel ben Faiga (the father) and Yoel ben Kreindel Ela (the son).