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Cops Shoot And Kill Stabbing Suspect Inside New York Synagogue

| by Lisa Fogarty

Police shot and killed a man Tuesday who stabbed an Israeli student in a Brooklyn synagogue while he was in the middle of prayer.

Levi Rosenviat, 22, was praying at Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters in Crown Heights at around 1:45 a.m. Tuesday when 49-year-old Calvin Peters reportedly ran inside and shouted, “I want to kill the Jew!” before stabbing the student in the neck, reports the New York Daily News.

Video footage of the incident shows that police from the NYPD anti-terror unit showed up not long after the stabbing and ordered Peters to put down his weapon. He reportedly placed it on a chair, but then – just moments later – walked back over to it and picked it up.

Police are heard yelling, “Drop the f*****g knife,” before one shot is fired out. The bullet reportedly hit Peters in the stomach and he was transported to Kings County Hospital, where he died a few hours later.

Witnesses say Peters entered the synagogue one time before the stabbing and asked for a copy of a bible, reports the New York Post. He left, and when he came back, they say he shouted, “I will kill the Jew! I want to kill the Jew!”

Others praying at the synagogue say they asked the cop not to shoot when he pulled out his weapon. Peters also kept repeating to the officer, “You gonna shoot me,” to which he reportedly replied, “If you don’t drop the knife I will.”

“It’s the first time this has happened at a New York synagogue,” said one member.

Rosenviat reportedly moved to Brooklyn two weeks ago to study. He is in stable condition at the hospital. One police officer was treated for ringing in his ears.

Sources: New York Daily News, New York Post/Photo Credit: David Lisbona/Flickr, New York Post