Queens, NY - NYPD Treating Kew Gardens Hills BB Gun Attacks As Possible Hate Crimes
Queens, NY - Two recent attacks in Queens that targeted obviously Jewish men and took place just blocks from a local yeshiva are being investigated by the NYPD as possible hate crimes.
Police said that the first attack took place just before 8 PM on Friday, September 11th on the southwest corner of 73rd Avenue and 150th Street. A 28 year old man who was walking home told police that he heard a pop and felt a pain in his back. Upon his arrival home he discovered a small pellet embedded in his back, which was removed by a private doctor.
The second incident took place at 10:27 AM on Friday, September 18th on 150th Street, between 75th Road and 76th Avenue. The victim, a 25 year old male, felt something hit his left leg, which began to bleed. According to police, the victim did not hear any noise when he was struck.
Police believe that both men were shot with a bb gun in the two incidents which took place just over a block apart. Because both attacks occurred right near the Lander College for Men and involved Orthodox Jewish targets, police suspect that the attacks may have been anti-Semitic in nature, according to Councilman Rory Lancman.
“It was really only once they had the second one that they put two and two together and realized that it could be a hate crime,” Lancman told VIN News. “Community Affairs at the 107th Precinct let us know that they think there is a connection and that the community should be aware that these incidents are being investigated as hate crimes.”
In a statement released today, Lancman praised the NYPD for its swift response and for its concern for the city’s Jewish residents, particularly during the high holidays.
“We have anti-Semitism exploding around the globe and an increase in New York City in the last year,” said Lancman. “We are going to take these attacks very seriously and are glad that they NYPD is doing so as well.”
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