Group investigating after paintballs fired at Jewish man in Willowbrook –

Posted By on May 8, 2020

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A volunteer group is investigating after paintballs were fired at an Orthodox Jewish man while on his Willowbrook porch on April 26.

The man, 20, was at a residence on Martin Avenue and was not the intended target, an NYPD spokeswoman said.

The incident occurred at around 5:10 p.m. when an unknown suspect drove down Martin Avenue and shot a paintball at an unoccupied parked vehicle, the spokeswoman said.

The person who shot the paintball and the 20-year-old man did not have any sort of conversation, according to the spokeswoman.

Staten Island Shmira, an unarmed emergency service formed a few years ago to assist with security, emergency aid and search and rescue throughout the borough, said on Twitter that the man was studying the Talmud when the incident happened.

Levi Leifer, the director of Shmira Safety Patrol, said that at least five paintballs were fired toward the man.

For a second he wasnt sure they were shooting at him. He jumped out. Thank God everything missed him to learn a minute later it was all paintball shots, Leifer said.

Leifer said that the paintball shots hit the 20-year-olds two cars and his house.

No injuries were reported, but a report for reckless endangerment is on file in connection to the incident, the spokeswoman said.

The investigation remains ongoing, police said.

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