2015-09-23 / Front Page

Police Investigate Sabbath BB Gun Shootings

Two Orthodox Jewish men were attacked in September in Kew Gardens Hills. The incidents are being investigated by police as possible hate crimes.

Cops say the first incident was a 28-year-old man hit in the back with BB gun pellets on September 11, at 7:55 pm. The victim was walking home from a local synagogue when he was hit, on 75th Avenue, between 150th and 147th Streets. He did not have any serious injuries.
The second victim was a 25-year-old Orthodox Jewish man hit by a BB gun on his left leg on September 18, according to police. He was on the corner of 73rd Avenue and 150th Street. The man was walking to a synagogue at 10:27 am at the time of the incident; he also was not seriously injured.

Both incidents took place during the Sabbath.

Councilman Rory Lancman and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz said that their offices are in contact with the Police Department to ensure that security concerns are addressed, particularly during upcoming religious holidays.

Anyone with information regarding the attacks is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. Visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.

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