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Man attacks Brooklyn Chabad; shot dead after lunging at cop

The horrific event was captured on video.
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A Brooklyn man walks by the scene of the Tuesday attack.

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A knife-wielding intruder stabbed a religious student in a Crown Heights synagogue before dawn Tuesday, and was shot dead by a single police bullet, after he apparently lunged at a police officer. Much of the standoff was captured on a cellphone video shot during the police standoff.

Police responding to the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters on Eastern Parkway at around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday discovered a 49-year-old man, later identified as Calvin Peters, holding a knife after attacking 22-year-old student Levi Yitzchak Rosenblat, from Beitar Ilit, Israel, in the temple.

Rosenblat was taken to Kings County Hospital Tuesday before being transferred to a Manhattan hospital to undergo "emergency surgery due to bleeding which is putting pressure on his brain,” said The Yeshiva World .

In the video of the incident, Peters is urged by several worshippers to drop the knife, before a policeman can be seen pointing his gun at Peters and telling him to drop the weapon. After just under a minute, Peters places the knife on a desk, then, as the police officer holsters his pistol and approaches Peters, the man appears to lunge at the officer. A single shot can be heard and the video ends.

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Peters was shot once in the torso, said the NYPD, and was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital.

Peters entered the building with a four-inch blade in hand as he shouted "Kill the Jews," Rabbi Motti Seligson, a spokesperson for Chabad-Lubavitch, said in an e-mail.

"We commend the heroic efforts of the individuals who were present and took immediate action, if not for their intervention the outcome could have been, G-d forbid, far worse,” said Seligson.

A statement released by Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated that Peters suffered from mental health issues.

"We as a society must do more for those who struggle with these challenges," de Blasio said.

De Blasio ordered police to increase security at Jewish religious institutions across the city as a precaution while the investigation is underway.

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