According to a law enforcement official, the New York police have detained a suspect who is accused of firing a BB gun at a Jewish father and son who were out doing their grocery shopping.
According to the official, the alleged shooter is a 25-year-old guy who has been charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment, and assault. He is also accused of committing a hate crime during the incident.
According to an official, the man who shot the man and his son with a BB gun was driving on the main thoroughfare on Staten Island on Sunday afternoon when he saw the father, who was 32 years old, and his son, who was 7 years old, shopping in front of a Kosher grocery store wearing yarmulkes.
According to the official, that was the moment when the suspect began firing his weapon, hitting the boy in the right ear and the father in the chest with his bullets. After that, he allegedly sped off in a black Ford Mustang that did not have a license plate, according to the official.
According to the official, emergency medical services arrived at the location of the incident a short while later and treated the two people who had been injured there. Michael McMahon, the district attorney for Staten Island, addressed the media on Tuesday and stated that his office will continue to collaborate with the police in order to ensure that the victims receive justice.
The suspect wanted for the BB gun assault which occurred on Sunday in front of Island Kosher supermarket has been apprehended thanks to the diligent work of your 121 officers and detectives at Hate Crimes Task Force.
— NYPD 121st Precinct (@NYPD121Pct) December 6, 2022
“We want our Jewish brothers and sisters to know that in this instance that we stand with them just as we do with anyone who is a victim of a hate crime for any reason whatsoever,” McMahon said to reporters on Tuesday. “We want them to know that we stand with them just as we do with anyone who is a victim of a hate crime for any reason whatsoever.”
During the same news conference, New York City Mayor Eric Adams made the following statement: “We are not going to allow hate to control our city.” The mayor continued by saying that New York has the greatest Jewish population outside of Israel, and that hate crimes have been on the upswing all across the country recently.
Adams stated that “we need to stop what’s happening on social media, we need to stop the spreading of this hate, and we need to combat it in a very real way.” “We need to stop what’s happening on social media, we need to stop the spreading of this hate,”
The alleged act of hate crime is the most recent occurrence in a series of events that have taken place in the city. During the month of November, the New York Police Department recorded a significant rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents, which led to an overall increase in the number of hate crimes. According to statistics provided by the NYPD, the number of incidents reported by the NYPD in November was 45, which represents an increase from the 20 crimes reported in November 2021.
The New York Police Department and other federal law enforcement agencies stopped a potential attack on a synagogue in the New York area last month by arresting and arraigning two men in connection with online threats. This coincides with the rise in the number of anti-Semitic incidents that have occurred since then.
Black Ford Mustang WANTED in connection with a hate crime which occurred on 12/4/22 in front of 2212 Victory Blvd. If located, please call 911. @NYPDstatenIslnd @SISPShomrim pic.twitter.com/YtdymGP7fp
— NYPD 121st Precinct (@NYPD121Pct) December 5, 2022
Investigators from the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force and the NYPD Counterterrorism and Intelligence Bureau, together with other law enforcement partners, identified “a developing threat to the Jewish community,” according to NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell.
According to a statement released by the district attorney for Manhattan, the authorities said that they were able to collect a number of weapons from the two individuals, who were also in possession of a swastika arm patch.
At least 416 anti-Semitic events were reported in New York state in 2021, including at least 51 assaults — the greatest number ever documented by the Anti-Defamation League in New York. New York state tops the nation in the number of anti-Semitic occurrences. An investigation conducted by the ADL a month ago revealed that there were 12 assaults reported in 2020.
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