BREAKING: Stabbing attack in major Jewish synagogue in Brooklyn. Dramatic video footage of police and witnesses practically begging the attacker to drop the knife. Watch footage and read what happened below.
Early Tuesday morning at around 2am on Tuesday morning, NYPD and Hatzollah received reports of an assailant stabbing a yeshiva student in the neck at Brooklyn's famous Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters, "770" located at 770 Eastern Parkway.
Police responded quickly and an officer was wounded in the struggle with the attacker. Attacker was identified as Calvin Peters, who was shot after he wouldn't drop the knife, treated at the scene - and who died at the hospital later. "Police sources said that Peters asked to buy some holy book, walked out, and returned a few minutes later and stabbed the student," reported JP Updates, a local newsblog. "No bias statements were made during the incident, and police believe it was not terror related."
The victim is studying in the US and is from Betar Illit, a town in Gush Etzion - the settlement bloc just south of Jerusalem that has seen a number of terror attacks of its own since the Gaza war last summer. JTA News reports the victim's name to be Levi Rosenviat. Chabad sites report his Hebrew name to be "Levi Yitzchok ben Raizel" and are asking for prayers on his behalf.
Police are currently treating the attack as a criminal matter.