Police shoot man who stabbed student in synagogue

Dec 9, 2014 7:13 AM by Cheryl Wengren

NEW YORK (AP) - A synagogue spokeswoman says a knife-wielding man was heard repeatedly saying "Kill the Jews" when he burst in and stabbed an Israeli student in the head early this morning.

New York police say the confrontation happened at 1:40 a.m. Tuesday at the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic headquarters in Brooklyn.

A witness flagged down a police officer, who confronted the 49-year-old man and told him to put the knife down. He initially did but then picked it up again. More officers responded and ordered the man to drop the knife. Police say he refused and charged at one of the officers, who fired once, striking him in the torso.

The attacker was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was not immediately identified.

The 22-year-old stabbing victim, identified by synagogue officials as Levi Rosenblatt, was in stable condition.


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