New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made an early phone call on Tuesday morning following the attack at Chabad-Lubavitch Headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights.
“We will leave no stone unturned in the investigation and we will hold back nothing in regards to security for Crown Heights,” de Blasio said in a 7:00am phone call.
He spoke with Chanina Sperlin of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council following a tumultuous night that left a yeshiva bochur in serious condition.
At around 1:00am, Calvin Peters, a 50-year-old African American man, walked into the main shul and stabbed Levi Yitzchak Rosenblatt, a 22-year-old from Israel.
Rosenblatt is currently at Kings County Hospital and family members are requesting the public pray for the stability of his condition.
A Chabad source said witnesses reported that the man said “Kill the Jews,” but police said the man may have said, “I will kill all of you.” One witness told The NY Post that the man did not talk about killing Jews.
COLlive.com reported that the attacker was seen at the 770 synagogue earlier and was asked to leave.
The NYPD has round the clock presence in the vicinity of Eastern Parkway and Kingston Avenue, a busy intersection in the neighborhood, but officers do not regularly patrol the entrance of 770.
In the phone call, de Blasio indicated that the NYPD will be placing uniformed officers at 770 and around the Crown Heights neighborhood and indicated this security measure might also be taken at Jewish institutions around the city.
Please say tehillim for Levi Yitzchok ben Raizel.