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BB gun shooting of father, son wearing yarmulkes on Staten Island investigated as possible hate crime

NEW YORK — Hate crimes within the metropolis are up 18% since final year and new NYPD statistics present a continued, alarming pattern towards the Jewish group.

This comes as police seek for suspects accused of focusing on a Jewish household on Staten Island, CBS2’s Jenna DeAngelis reported Monday.

The NYPD and Staten Island Shomrim Safety Patrol remained outdoors Island Kosher grocery store a day after a father and son have been shot by a BB gun there.

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The pair are seen on video wearing yarmulkes on the time they have been struck within the drive-by assault. The 7-year-old boy can be seen reacting after being grazed on the ear.

“How do you think? You pull out a BB gun and you see a small kid of 7-year0old and you shoot at him? It’s shocking because it’s a very safe neighborhood,” resident Joel Zupnick stated.

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The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is on the lookout for two suspects, together with the motive force of a black Ford Mustang with a coated license plate, who drove off on Victory Boulevard.

“I’ve never heard of something like this happening in this area. That’s not something that we hear and, hopefully, this is the last time,” stated a resident of Meiers Corners.

This comes as hate crimes are up citywide. New numbers from the police present antisemitic hate crimes greater than doubled in November in comparison with the identical time final year.

Anti-Black hate crimes and people based mostly on gender and sexual orientation have been additionally up.

“Hate leads to hate. There’s a lot of hate that’s being espoused in media by celebrities, by influencers, and it has an impact. It has an effect on society,” stated Scott Richman, New York and New Jersey regional director of the Anti-Defamation League.

Richman has condemned current rhetoric and social media posts from celebrities like Kanye West and Kyrie Irving.

This additionally comes on the heels of threats towards native synagogues. Richman stated, collectively, we have to condemn hate, report it, and higher educate.

“Antisemitism is a virus. It’s a virus that infects society and a society that can tolerate hatred against Jews can tolerate hatred against other minorities,” Richman stated.

As for the BB gun shooting incident, Staten Island Shomrim stated the Jewish group are very disturbed, telling CBS2 the little boy is traumatized. However, each he and his father are bodily doing okay.

Anyone with any data is requested to name the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You may submit a tip via their website or by way of DM on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are saved confidential.  

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