By COLlive reporter
A Jewish man was stabbed with a knife on Tuesday evening prompting the New York Police Department to add security when thousands of Chabad rabbis are set to convene.
The 34 year old Jewish man was stabbed in his shoulder at around 9:00 PM while walking on Eastern Parkway between Nostrand and Rogers Avenue.
Police described the attacker as “a male black wearing a black hoodie and a mask.” He fled in an unknown direction and efforts are being made to find him.
The Jewish man is a volunteer for Hatzalah Crown Heights, a local volunteer Emergency Medical Service (EMS) organization. He was treated by his colleagues and taken to Kings County Hospital. He is in stable condition, COLlive was told.
“The victim was stabbed from the back, and quickly turned out so the knife missed any vital organs,” the person’s friend said. “It is a miracle that he is in stable condition. Please say Tehillim for Dovid Shlomo hakohen ben Shterna Malka.”
The crime took place in close proximity to the Bedford-Union Armory on Bedford Avenue where the International Kinus Hashluchim convention of Chabad rabbis is set to begin on Wednesday.
The area is scheduled for a heavy police presence and increased security due to the conference, a source from the NYPD told COLlive. This will be stepped up and will begin tonight due to the attack, they said.
NYPD Assistant Chief Steven Powers, Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, said that they are exploring the “possibly of a bias crime.”
Brooklyn President Eric Adams visited the scene of the stabbing on Tuesday night, to reassure local residents that the NYPD is treating the attack very seriously, which is a possible hate crime, he said.
“We are extremely sensitive now, with thousands of religious leaders coming in a few days for the Lubavitch convention,” he said. “We want to make sure the community is safe,” he said.