Video: Knife-wielding attacker shot dead at synagogue

Video: Knife-wielding attacker shot dead at synagogue
By Chris Harris with REUTERS
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Police shot dead a man who stabbed and wounded an Israeli at a New York synagogue.

Calvin Peters attacked student Levi Rosenblat, 22, at the world headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement in Brooklyn.

The footage shows Peters, 49, who has a history of mental illness, threatening other worshippers and refusing police calls for him to drop his weapon.

Peters eventually complies and drops the knife. But, after the police officer puts away his gun, Peters picks up the bladed weapon.

Police said the officer shot once, hitting Peters in the torso. He was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said security was being stepped up at Jewish facilities around the city.

“The shooting looks like it was justified,” Bratton told reporters. “You had an individual with a knife who had stabbed an individual.”

The student, Rosenblat, was stabbed in the left temple and was in stable condition at the hospital, police said.

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