A seemingly crazed man burst into a Brooklyn synagogue this morning and proceeded to stab an innocent man in the head and shout, “Kill the Jews!” When NYPD showed up, the man, amid the chaos, charged police with a knife and was fatally shot and killed.
According to USA Today:
Much of the tragedy was caught and video, including the chilling moments when the man refuses an officer’s repeated order to “drop the ——- knife.” Seconds later one gunshot is heard. Police said no other shots were fired.
It all started when Calvin Peters, 50, walked into the basement of a Brooklyn synagogue, Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic world headquarters, and stabbed a rabbinical student from Israel, Levi Rosenblat, 22, in the head. Those in the synagogue allegedly heard him then shout, “Kill all the Jews!”
Israel Gottdenger, 26, told reporters after the incident that Peters “was just going crazy. He said `I want to sit down, I want to get a Bible, who wants to die tonight,’ he kept changing his words. He was either really high on drugs or (emotionally disturbed).”
The video began a short time after the attack, where several Jewish men can be seen surrounding the knife wielding man speaking with him in a seemingly calm manner. An NYPD officer then came down with his gun drawn, demanding the suspect “drop the knife.”
Although it’s unclear the man’s religious affiliation, his accent indicates he may originally be from somewhere in Africa.
It should be noted here that despite what had just happened to one of the members of their community, the Jewish men were clearly asking the officer not to shoot the man. Unfortunately, after Peters gives the impression he’s going to comply with the officer and drops the knife, he quickly picks it back up and is consequently shot by the officer.
Only one shot was fired, later proving to be fatal as Peters died of his injuries.
It was later discovered that Peters had apparently staked out the synagogue before the attack as security guard Shimon Liberow recalls dealings with the man the previous evening. After spotting the man on the property, Liberow explains, “I chased him out, he was highly suspicious. He looked around and gave me a very stern look. He caught my attention.”
He went on to say, “I confronted him at the door. I stopped him from going in. I knew he was up to no good. He was surveying around. I said, ‘Can I help you?’ He said, ‘You have a problem?’ I said ‘Yes.’ He asked if he can become Jewish, if he can convert. My friend told him you have to be Jewish to pray here. He abruptly left.”
That was the last they saw of Peters until this morning.
As CNN reports, Peters is believed to have been homeless. NYPD’s John Miller further explains Peters “has a history of being an emotionally disturbed person and acting out.”
In a statement, Chabad Rabbi Motti Seligson conveyed to the public, “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. 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, God forbid, far worse. We continue to pray for the young man who is in stable condition.”
It’s also worth noting that there are some disputes to the claim that Peters shouted, “Kill all the Jews,” as officials have since released that the man may have actually shouted, “I will kill all of you!” Although it’s unclear which Peters actually shouted, the confusion may have come about because of the man’s strong accent.
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Courtesy of Mad World News