(JTA) – A member of a Jewish volunteer emergency service was stabbed in the neck in Brooklyn.
The victim, identified by the New York Post as David Katz, 34, a volunteer for Hatzalah, radioed in his own injury after the attack on Tuesday night in the Crown Heights neighbourhood. He was taken by his own ambulance to a local hospital.
Katz was off duty at the time of the attack and was not wearing a uniform identifying him as being part of the service, which is staffed mostly by Orthodox Jewish volunteers. His injuries did not appear to be life threatening, according to police.
A man believed to be wearing a mask fled after the stabbing, the New York ABC affiliate reported. Police said they do not believe that the victim and the attacker knew each other.
Police began conducting a grid search to locate the assailant and are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime, the Post reported.
“With the stabbings that are taking place in Israel, we cannot be relaxed when you investigate something of this magnitude,” Eric Adams, Brooklyn’s borough president, told ABC. “We need to determine if it is a hate crime, and we need to use all the video footage and whatever we can to apprehend the person.”