According to Staten Island Shomrim, a suspect was apprehended in connection with the shooting of a father and son with a BB gun on Sunday outside a kosher store in Staten Island.
The NYPD 121st Precinct identified the suspect as Jason Kish, charged with assault of a hate crime, endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment, and assault.
A press conference on the incident and the rise of hate crimes in Staten Island will also be held today at 4 p.m. in Staten Island.
After leaving Island Kosher in Meiers Corners on a Sunday afternoon, a 32-year-old father and his 7-year-old kid were hit by a BB gun fired from a passing car, according to the victim and Staten Island Shomrim.
Around 4:20 p.m., the BB pistol was discharged from a black Ford Mustang, possibly with Pennsylvania plates, according to NYPD, operated by a Caucasian male before escaping the area.
The victim, who requested anonymity, told Islandinfo that one of the pellets hit his son’s ear, causing swelling.
The 32-year-old was also shot in the torso, but he said his jacket lessened the blow’s force.
The unprovoked assault happened while the two were leaving Island Kosher Deli, which is located at the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Carmel Avenue.
The victim, a Chasidish man, 32, said, “We came out of the grocery. He came to a stop, fired at us, then took off.
The suspect wanted for the BB gun assault which occurred on Sunday in front of Island Kosher supermarket has been apprehended thanks to the diligent work of your 121 officers and detectives at Hate Crimes Task Force.
— NYPD 121st Precinct (@NYPD121Pct) December 6, 2022