(JNS.org) Levi Rosenblat, a 22-year-old Israeli yeshiva student, was wounded early Tuesday morning in a stabbing at Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY.
Police said that 49-year-old Calvin Peters entered Chabad headquarters around 1:40 a.m. on Tuesday and stabbed Rosenblat several times in the upper body.
Rosenblat, who is from the community of Beitar Illit in Judea and Samaria, was initially reported to be seriously wounded. It was later reported that he was conscious and in stable condition.
According to reports, Rosenblat had been studying inside of the synagogue when he was attacked. Police said that Peters threatened to “kill all of you,” and witnesses heard the man saying repeatedly, “Kill the Jews.”
Police inside of the synagogue confronted the assailant and told him to put the knife down on a table. But after putting it down, Peters then grabbed the knife and lunged at one of the officers, who fired once, hitting the suspect in the torso, CBS New York reported. Peters was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
“I’m told that the attacker came earlier that evening, too,” New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind said in a statement. “He was stalking the scene. Thank God he didn’t inflict more harm nor do more damage to more people.”
Reports indicate that the attack was most likely not terrorism-related. Police said that Peters was known to authorities as being an emotionally disturbed person.
“While we are very pained by everything that has unfolded, we are very grateful to the police for their quick response and are working closely with the authorities in their ongoing investigation,” said Rabbi Motti Seligson, director of media relations for Chabad.