Shomrim Members Shot in Boro Park


boro-park-brooklyn-shomrim[Video below.] Update below: Less than a week after an attempted robbery and shooting at the Apple Bank on 13th Avenue in the heart of Boro Park shook the community, multiple members of the Boro Park Shomrim have been shot this evening. Hatzolah ambulances are currently at the scene and paramedics are treating the victims, who are volunteer members of the neighborhood Shomrim patrol.

The incident, which occurred at about 7:30 p.m., took place at 10th Avenue and 46th Street.

The New York City Police Department has cordoned off the area where a tremendous crowd has gathered. The NYPD says that they have one suspect – who was apparently hit during the incident – in custody. It is not yet clear what the nature or the motive of the shooting was.

The injured have been taken to Lutheran Medical Center on 55th Street at First Avenue. The condition of the four Shomrim members who were hit is not clear at this time.

Update, 8:16 p.m.: We are told that the Shomrim members had been following a vehicle after being notified of suspicious behavior. At that point, the perpetrator fired upon the Shomrim members from his vehicle.

NY1 reports: Four people were shot Thursday night following a bizarre chain of events in Brooklyn. It happened shortly before 8 p.m. along 46th street in Borough Park.

Officials with the Volunteer Orthodox Security Force, Shomrim say several of the group’s members spotted a man who had been exposing himself to some of the neighborhood children.

They chased the man and had him boxed in near 965 46th Street.

Members of Shomrim tried to wrestle him to the ground — that’s when the suspect allegedly pulled a gun and began firing.

Four were wounded before more of their fellow community patrol members were able to subdue him.

“When we tackled him to the ground he was shooting. Then we tackled the gun out of his hand,” said Shomrim Coordinator Yanke Daskal.

“The notion that you don’t know when you’re trying to stop some one and trying to protect people — you never know what’s going to happen. This just proves how brave these folks are that they do this kind of work,” said Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

A gun was recovered at the scene. The shooter was taken into police custody; charges against him are pending. The four victims are expected to be okay.

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  1. I hope the Shomrim are okay, although I wonder how smart it is when they go after armed people. Someone’s going to get killed.

  2. I as thinking the same…how can shomrim chase these suspects unarmed? as much as by the Apple Bank Robbery, a shomer fliped his wakie talkie, pretending it was a gun in order to scare away the robber who put the gun to an asain lady’s head…but that trick won’t always work, they need to be armed!

  3. Why are you assuming that they knew the perp was armed? The article doesn’t mention anything of the sort, just that there was “suspicious behaviour”.

  4. Kol hakavod to our Shomrim members here in BP
    I feel safer that they are around
    We are lucky to have them.

  5. Firstly, I want to thank shomrim for the good that they do.

    However, we must keep in mind that we are living in golus and we have to be careful.

    We should not be looking for excitement.

    They should be careful not to get carried away with a sense of their own prowess. This is not the wild west and not Cowboys and Indians.

    Perhaps they should say special tefillos in order that they not get carried away with themselves.

  6. Four members of a volunteer Jewish security force were shot in Brooklyn earlier tonight, police said.

    A man believed to be the shooter was in police custody, cops said.

    All of the victims, whose names were not released, were expected to survive, cops said.

    One victim was shot in the neck; two in the hand, and one in the stomach.

    The violence happened at about 7:45 p.m. near the intersection of 49th Street and Tenth Avenue in Borough Park The members of the Shomrim Patrol were following a car they considered suspicious, sources said.

    The unarmed volunteers confronted the man at a red light — and he opened fire, sources said.

    Shomrim members were able to grab the shooter and held him for police, sources said.

  7. I knew this was coming after the incident by the bank in Boro Park, where a shomrim member picked up a radio pointed it at a suspect and told him “drop the gun or I’ll shoot”. The suspect subsequently shot at the Shomrim member. The first thing a Hatzolah member is taught, is check to make sure the scene is safe before entering. As a yid, that seems pretty silly, shouldn’t trying to save a persons life be the first thing? The founders of the EMS system rightfully so hypothesized that if the EMS member is injured, it doesn’t help anybody. To all Shomrim members: PLEASE! Nobody is helped, if you get hurt in any way shape or form. Use caution when interfering with a suspect. You do such great and important work, and we need you guys around for a while. I would like to wish a refuah Shleimah to all the people who were hurt today.

  8. 7, When you call police about someone suspicious they tell you to call when he does something. Shomrim follow suspicious fellows. They are actual crime stoppers.

  9. Four members of an Orthodox Jewish volunteer patrol in Brooklyn were shot Thursday night after they followed and confronted a man in a vehicle who had been acting suspiciously, the police and witnesses said.

    The men, members of the Brooklyn South Shomrim Patrol, a licensed unarmed civilian group, were shot about 8 p.m. near 49th Street and 10th Avenue in Borough Park, the police said. None of their wounds were considered life-threatening.

    The man in the car was also hit in the arm by a bullet from a gun he had fired, and he was seized by patrol members, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said late Thursday night.

    The police said the man, whose name was not immediately released, had an “extensive” criminal record.

    Members of the security patrol said that the man had been reported sitting in his car and fondling himself while leering at groups of young girls on Aug. 25, and that they had given his license plate number to the police.

    They said they had chased and tried to apprehend him, and had made a plan to confront him.

    On Thursday night, they said, they spotted the man driving up 46th Street in a silver Hyundai after residents called their hot line. Members of the patrol began following him in an unmarked car, and contacted Shomrim members in other vehicles to help box him in, said Sam Follman, a coordinator for the group.

    “He noticed we were behind him, and he was scared,” Mr. Follman said. “He’s a known perp to us.”

    As the man drove along 46th street between Ninth and 10th Avenues, he had to stop behind a double-parked car on a one-way street.

    “When he saw he was blocked, he got out and started running,” Mr. Follman said. After a brief chase, members of the patrol converged on him from several directions, tackled him and forced him to the ground. The man then pulled a .22-caliber gun and started firing, Mr. Follman said.

    “Probably he got off five, six shots,” he said. “While he was on the floor, he kept shooting.”

    According to the police, four members of the group were hit. They were taken to Lutheran Medical Center. Mr. Follman identified the injured patrol members as Abe Kaztow, a baker, who was hit in the hand; Motty Brauner, a dry cleaner, who was hit in the neck; Joel Klein, an insurance salesman, who was shot in the abdomen; and Motty Pearl, also a baker, hit in the hand.

    At a news conference at the hospital, Mr. Kelly said the suspect had a record that included arrests for public lewdness, gun possession and robbery. The Shomrim has been patrolling Hasidic communities in Brooklyn for more than 20 years, and works closely with neighborhood precincts. Mr. Kelly said the police “have a strong relationship” with the group.

  10. To all of you who are saying that this has to do with getting over them self and puting themself in a sakunu please stop because you are accusing for no reson besides if you wrote that the are full of gava what a nasty thing to say about people that are up at night to make sure that you sleep safeso you are worried about how they feel if they feel good about themself or not you feel good when you sleep and besides did you become the gava police!!!

  11. I agree with the sentiment that getting in over your head is not always smart. Number 20, learn grammar and spelling. You are a shame to this world. Number 21, good call. Any names?

  12. They don’t need to be armed. If the suspect didn’t have a gun nobody would have been hurt. If you got in to a fight on the street and your opponent had a gun on him does that mean you need to have a gun on you? No. The suspect shouldn’t of had a gun anyways. Leave that to the real police. I live around this neighborhood and these shromrims drive around in their vehicles running lights and stop signs, I don’t approve of them in the first place.