UPDATE: Multiple people have been stabbed at the residence of the Kossoner Rebbe, Rav Chaim Leibush Rottenberg, on Forshay Road in Monsey, NY.
Eyewitnesses at the scene say that a masked African-American man drove up to the rebbe‘s home in a silver car as the rebbe finished lighting neiros Chanukah. The man pulled out a machete knife and began stabbing people who were leaving the rebbe‘s house to go next door to a melava malka at the shul.
The man tried entering the rebbe‘s home, but was stopped when someone threw a small table at the attacker, forcing him back outside.
The attacker then tried entering the shul, but was stopped because the door was locked.
The man was able to escape in a getaway car on Orchard Hill Road, reportedly assisted by an accomplice. The car was a Nissan Centra with plate number HPT 5747. A report that one arrest has been made at Walmart parking lot on Route 59 has been confirmed to be unsubstantiated. If anyone has more more information, please contact the Ramapo Police immediately.
According to people at the scene, at least three people have been wounded in serious condition. Hatzolah paramedics are on scene treating the victims.
The rebbe was not injured in the attack.
A shootout on the Palisades related to the attack is being reported. Update cannot be confirmed.
At least three victims were stabbed at a Chanukah party in Monsey, Motzei Shabbos.
Please say Tehillim for Yosef ben Perel, who is undergoing a heart surgery due to his injuries, Shlomo ben Vittel, Naftali Tzvi ben Gila and Meir Yehosef ben Vittel.
Update: The vehicle, registered to an address in Greenwood Lake, crossed the George Washington Bridge into New York at about 11 p.m.
Update: Reports indicate that the suspect has been arrested at 7th Avenue and West 144th Street in New York City.
Project Chai, Chai Lifeline’s crisis intervention department, encourages anyone with questions or concerns about how to address the stabbings in Monsey with their children/ students to contact its 24 Hour Crisis Helpline: 855-3-crisis or email firstname.lastname@example.org. English and Yiddish counselors are on standby.
This is a developing story. More details will be provided as they come in.
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