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New York - Weekend Paintball Attack, 1 Of 4 In Staten Island, Being Investigated As Hate Crime

Published on: July 13, 2015 02:13 PM
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New York - Yet another paintball attack has hit New York City’s Orthodox Jewish community, this one in Staten Island.

Police told VIN News that a 67 year old man was walking with his wife and son on Westwood Avenue near Warwick Avenue in Staten Island at approximately 8 AM Friday morning when the attack took place.

“The victim heard a pop, followed by a sharp pain in his shoulder,” a police spokesperson told VIN News.

The victim, who was hit with a yellow paintball, sustained a welt on his shoulder and refused medical attention.

A grey GMC Envoy was observed speeding away eastbound on Westwood Avenue immediately after the attack. Witnesses were not able to record the license plate number of the car.

The incident is being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes unit. Police would not say if there was any link between this incident and several that have taken place recently in Brooklyn, as previously reported on VIN News.

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Three other paintball shootings took place late Friday night just blocks away from the original attack. The first was at 10:29 PM at Collifield and Auburn Avenues, followed by an attack at 11:07 PM at Watchogue Road and Wooley Avenue and another at 11:40 PM at Waters and Dickie Avenues. Police are searching for the same vehicle in all four attacks but are treating only the first, which took place in Staten Island’s Jewish community, as a hate crime.

Rabbi Yaakov Lehrfield, who spoke with VIN News last month after two attacks transpired in the same weekend, said that Anti-Semitic incidents are rare in this part of Staten Island.

Asked if residents were feeling fearful after the latest incident, Wayne Greenberg, Director of Public Affairs at Young Israel of Staten Island told VIN News, “not at this time, especially since police are taking in active role in trying to apprehend the assailants.”

The Young Israel of Staten Island sent an email out to its members this morning, asking anyone with any information about the attacks or any relevant footage to contact the 121st precinct.


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 Jul 13, 2015 at 03:41 PM The Commish Says:

Start carrying high power BB guns and shoot back. Once the perps know that there are consequences for their actions they may just go shoot elsewhere. There are powerful CO2 BB guns small enough to carry concealed and It may not be illegal. Check your local city, county and state ordinances before buying a BB gun.

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 Jul 13, 2015 at 03:58 PM lavrenty Says:

"since police are taking in active role in trying to apprehend the assailants.”are they? or are they just bloating their overtime? Jews learn your lessons dont rely on NYPD, esp. under de bozo talmid of Dinkins of Crown Heights pogrom history.

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 Jul 13, 2015 at 08:42 PM bigwheeel Says:

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The Commish Says:

Start carrying high power BB guns and shoot back. Once the perps know that there are consequences for their actions they may just go shoot elsewhere. There are powerful CO2 BB guns small enough to carry concealed and It may not be illegal. Check your local city, county and state ordinances before buying a BB gun.

You may be a Police commissioner in neverland or in Alice's wonderland. But in NY State, the law forbids for anyone to acquire and use a BB gun without proper licensing and registration...!

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 Jul 13, 2015 at 09:15 PM Anonymous Says:

The NYPD will arrest you for carrying a toy gun let alone a BB gun. Time to vote out the bums that make it illegal for honest Yidden to carry guns. They want the Yidden to be unarmed and defenseless, while every other group knows how to defend themselves.

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 Jul 14, 2015 at 08:51 AM ActualJew Says:

In central Jersey, we get occasional screams and my son did learn the F word from some passing kids on a Friday.night. but the worst I ever got was a quarter thrown at me. This is pretty bad. Hope they find the e perp.

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