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