NYC man fatally stabbed in altercation that began after attacker didn't thank him for holding the door
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY: A tragic incident unfolded outside a local smoke shop in Brooklyn when two men started to brawl over ill manners. The fight quickly escalated after one of the men, 37, was fatally stabbed by the other, who didn’t say “thank you” after the victim held the door open for him, according to the reporting officer.
The victim's name has not yet been released by the police, pending a courtesy death notification to his family. The men were both customers and walking inside the 4th Ave Tobacco Road Corp near President Street in Gowanus around 10:20 pm on September 20, 2022, when the victim held the door open for the suspect to walk inside the shop, but the "ill-mannered man did not bother to say thank you," promoting the first man to question him, "Why not?"
"It was just about not saying 'thank you' for opening the door for him," employee Kharef Alsaidi told the police officer. Alsaidi said the victim opened the door for the suspect and then asked, "Why don't you say, 'Thank you for opening the door'?" The suspect responded, "I didn't tell you to open the door for me," reported ABC. Both the men first got into a verbal dispute before escalating into a physical altercation outside the shop.
The deceased victim punched the other man as he got on his e-bike to leave but the suspect then stabbed the man with a knife in the abdomen and neck, according to authorities. The victim started to bleed heavily and fell back into the entrance of the store.
"The victim started screaming, 'He stabbed me, he stabbed me,'" Alsaidi said. He added that the victim stumbled back into the store, "bleeding all over the floor." He was rushed to New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where he was shortly pronounced dead.
The suspect fled the scene on the 37-year-old man's e-bike. He was last seen riding south on Fourth Avenue toward Carroll Street. No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. According to NY Post, the killer wore a black sweater, white shirt and jeans, and carried a black backpack.
Anyone with information is urged to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit tips by visiting the CrimeStoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by messaging on Twitter @NYPDTips.