NY police charge man with hate crime for shooting 7-year-old Jewish boy with BB gun

Luke Tress is a JTA reporter and a former editor and reporter in New York for The Times of Israel.

New York police arrest a suspect who allegedly shot a 7-year-old Jewish boy and his father with a BB gun.

The boy and his father were targeted from a passing vehicle while exiting a Staten Island kosher grocery store on Sunday. The child was hit in the ear and his father in his chest but neither was seriously injured.

Jason Kish, 25, will be charged with assault as a hate crime, acting in a manner injurious to a child under age 17, reckless endangerment and assault.

The NYPD says area police officers and the city’s hate crimes task force tracked down the suspect. Police had previously released a photo of the suspect’s black Ford Mustang in an appeal for information.

The hate crimes unit also announces a separate arrest for an assault against an 18-year-old Jewish man in late October.

Yesterday, police reported 45 antisemitic incidents in New York in November. Jews were the victims of 60% of all hate crimes in the city.

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