Multiple people have been reported stabbed tonight at Rockland County Synogogue by a machete wielding attacker.
According to Fox News: “A stabbing attack Saturday night at a synagogue in a suburb north of New York City has left several people injured, according to reports. Video posted on social media from Monsey – a town of about 18,000 residents about 35 miles north of New York City – shows emergency responders rushing victims to ambulances, surrounded by the flashing red lights of numerous emergency vehicles.”
3 people reported stabbed just before 10 pm Saturday near synagogue on Forshay Road in Monsey. Police requesting county aviation to launch for lights and search and requesting all K9s in county available to respond.
— Steve Lieberman (@LoHudLegal) December 29, 2019
Steve Lieberman, a reporter with The Journal News in Rockland County, posted on Twitter that at least three people had been stabbed just before 10 p.m. and that local police were conducting a search of the area.
The Jerusalem Times reported the site of the attack as the Monsey, New York Synagogue in the Forshay neighborhood, which is located in Rockland County, New York. The attack occurred at what is called Rabbi Rottenburg’s Shul.
We are closely monitoring the reports of multiple people stabbed at a synagogue in Monsey, NY (Rockland County) pic.twitter.com/cHoQnbneKO
— NYPDCounterterrorism (@NYPDCT) December 29, 2019
CBS New York reported that a man entered the Shul and stabbed three people with a machete during a Chanukah celebration. According to the television station, the suspect chased people out of the home before fleeing in a car.
The Orthodox Jews Public Affairs Council located in the area wrote on Twitter: “At 9:50 this eve, a call came in about a mass stabbing at 47 Forshay Road in Monsey (Rockland County; 30 miles North of NYC). It’s the house of a Hasidic Rabbi. 5 patients with stab wounds, all Hasidic, were transported to local hospitals.” A shul is a synagogue.
The Council added: “2 of the victims of the attack were taken into hospital as critical. The perp’s face was partially covered with a scarf but skin showed him to be an African American. One of the victims was stabbed at least 6 times. The fifth/least severe case had a cut in his hand. Perp left in a vehicle…a Gray Nissan Sentra.”
Three Jews stabbed in a synagogue in Monsey tonight. An intruder came into Rabbi Rottenberg's shul with a machete.
There are no words to describe the anxiety of this moment. pic.twitter.com/F4VBhNWMpz
— Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt (@avitalrachel) December 29, 2019
Motti Seligson, director of media for Chabad.org, told The Jerusalem Postthat the congregants, Hassidim, were gathered for a Hanukkah party and confirmed the preliminary details of the event.
Video from the scene of the stabbings at a synagogue in Monsey where Chassidim were gathered for a Hanukkah celebration. pic.twitter.com/wQhWp9SrdA
— Motti Seligson (@mottiseligson) December 29, 2019