A 22-year-old Bochur was critically injured after being stabbed in the neck by a disturbed man in the main synagogue sanctuary at 770 Eastern Parkway. The stabber was shot by police officers and later died of his injuries.
The incident began unfolding at around 1:30am when a Black man entered the synagogue sanctuary in the Lubavitch World Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway and confronted a group of young rabbinical students while carrying a large switchblade style knife.
The man appeared to be disturbed and was visibly agitated according to multiple witnesses. The attacker spoke with the men for a minute when he suddenly pulled out a knife and stabbed one of them in the neck. The victim fled out the main doors of the building and collapsed on the sidewalk in front of 770.
The victim was identified by friends as 22-year-old Levi Rosenblat, who is from Beitar Ilit, Israel and in the states studying in ‘Kvutzeh’.
As the victim and witnesses fled the synagogue they called out for help and police officers responded within seconds and confronted the suspect still inside.
Cellphone video reveals the NYPD police officers exercising extreme restraint, repeatedly ordering the suspect to drop the knife all while he is asking others around him if they “want to die tonight”.
At one point it appears that the man drops the knife and the incident concludes without any further bloodshed, but as officers move in to take the suspect into custody he quickly lunges for the knife and once again begins threatening officers.
As the suspect made a move towards police he was shot once in the chest and dropped to the ground. Police then move in an cuff him.
In the meantime Hatzalah volunteers were outside 770 treating the victim and once the suspect was restrained they were called in to treat the stabber, who was now the victim of a gunshot wound.
Both victim and assailant were rushed to Kings County Hospital and were both initially listed in critical condition. The victim was later ‘upgraded’ to stable – year still critical – condition. The suspect succumbed to his wounds and died at the hospital.
The suspect was identified as a 50-year-old man, but his name was being withheld pending his families notification.
Suspect arrested after being shot.
Original raw footage of the scene escalating to the shooting, with the explicit language edited out by the Yeshiva World News.