Terror in New York
Shocking New Footage from Crown Heights Stabbing

Footage shows tense standoff between attacker and police at Crown Heights stabbing scene; FBI, NYPD now on-site.

Tova Dvorin, | updated: 14:45

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New footage has emerged of the Crown Heights stabbing attack on Tuesday, showing an intense standoff between the stabber and the New York Police Department (NYPD).

The stabber, an African-American man, is wearing dark pants, tennis shoes, a waste-length jacket and a knit cap. He is brandishing a knife and cannot seem to keep still. 

The NYPD is shown demanding that the man drop the knife multiple times. Eventually, they are forced to shoot him. 

The attacker - now named as 49 year-old Calvin Peters - eventually died from his wounds at Kings County Hospital.

Meanwhile, a 22 year-old from Beitar Illit studying in New York, named as Levi Rosenblat, is in serious to critical condition after being stabbed. The public has been asked to pray for Levi Yitzhak ben Raizel for his speedy recovery. 

NYPD spokesman Adam Navarro told AFP Tuesday that the student was stabbed in the side of the face - not in the neck, as was previously reported shortly after the attack.

“He’s a very serious student he’d been studying all day,” witness Levi Deutsch told the New York Post. “He was stabbed in the side of the head he was conscious but he was bleeding a lot.”

Chabad-Lubavitch representatives said hours after the attack Tuesday that they do not believe the attack was a "hate crime."

"We can say with 98 percent certainty that it was not a pre-meditated act of hatred or motivated by nationalism," Rabbi Moni Ender, a spokesman for the Chabad Lubavitch community in Israel, stated on IDF Radio

"Apparently there was an argument during which the attacker pulled out a kitchen knife and told the Jewish student he was going to kill him," he added. The New York Daily News later reported that the attacker had gained entry by asking for a Bible. 

Nonetheless, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has been called in to investigate the crime scene and is currently working with the NYPD.

Chabad-Lubavitch in New York expressed their gratitude to authorities for their quick action and ongoing work Tuesday afternoon. 

"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 Chabad-Lubavitch spokesman Rabbi Motti Seligson.

"We commend the heroic efforts of the individuals who were present and took immediate action, if not for their intervention the outcome could have been, G-d forbid far worse. We continue to pray for the young man who is in stable condition."



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