New York’s Staten Island is currently shut down, with bridges reported closed as police as looking into a possible incident near Fort Wadsworth involving four men. They were reportedly seen moving with what appeared with be rifles in a vehicle with New Jersey license plates.
The photos, taken in a parking lot in Midland Beach, show the four people near a van — the alert described the people possibly having “rifles” although the report also said one of the rifles may actually be a “paintball gun.” The police sent out an alert advising that the individuals be approached with extreme caution.
The Coast Guard termed the situation a “credible threat” that was reported about 1 p.m. Friday, a spokesperson said. The official said appropriate precautions were taken.
The situation comes just a day after the deadly attack by a Muslim killed four Marines in Chattanooga, TN.
An incident in which a 67-year-old Jewish man was hit with a paintball on Staten Island is being investigated as a possible hate crime, police sources said Monday.
“I hope they catch this guy,” said Abrhaam Revivo, whose right shoulder is still sore from Friday’s incident. “It’s very scary.”
There were several other paintball attacks on Staten Island on Saturday — all drive-bys. Police sources said the incidents could involve