A 25-year-old man with a criminal record has been arrested and charged with hate crimes for allegedly firing BB pellets at a Jewish father and son outside a kosher market on Staten Island over the weekend, police said Tuesday.
Jason Kish has been charged with assault as a hate crime, reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child over the Sunday attack, which came amid a spate of anti-Semitic hate crimes across the Big Apple.
Kish allegedly drove past the couple, who were wearing yamulkas and other traditional Jewish garb, and fired shots from the driver’s side window, police said. The duo were returning a shopping cart outside the Kosher Island Market in Meiers Corners when they were attacked.
Surveillance video captured the moment the 7-year-old boy’s ear was cut off. He crouches, covers his head, and looks at his father in confusion. His father, who was hit in the chest, lets go of the cart and takes care of his son while the drive-by shooter speeds away. Both were treated for minor injuries.
Police began searching for Kish’s Mustang as soon as the crime was reported, detective agency chief Michael Baldassano said Tuesday. Kish was dragged into the search for about an hour, identified and released.
After police reviewed security footage of the shooting and compared it to bodycam footage of Kish when he was pulled over, police determined that both Mustangs had the same distinctive marking, Baldassano said.
Ring shots, taken from a house a few blocks from the kosher market, also included Kish allegedly holding an air gun out the window of his Mustang.
“A father and his son who were simply going into the store to buy groceries for their families, as I had done in my neighborhood the day before, were shot at by someone who – we believe and will claim in court – acted out of hatred. Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon said at a news conference Tuesday.
“And while we thank God no one was seriously hurt, this violent incident underscores the alarming rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes we are seeing and its rhetoric in our country, in our city, in our state.”
Anti-Semitic hate crimes rose 125% in November compared to the same month last year, statistics show.
According to NYPD data, 278 anti-Semitic attacks were reported this year, a 52.7% increase over the same period last year.
“You have to think about the implications,” Mayor Eric Adams said Tuesday. “Not a serious injury, but emotionally the severity is real.”
“This young man may never walk this road again without thinking about this incident.”
Kish had other troubles with the law; He was previously charged with petty theft and threats.
Adams encouraged New Yorkers not only to report crimes and provide information to the police, but also to create posters to show that the city is against discrimination.
“We will not allow hatred to rule our city,” Adams said.
https://nypost.com/2022/12/06/jason-kish-charged-for-firing-bb-gun-at-jewish-father-and-son-in-nyc/ Jason Kish faces charges of firing a BB gun at a Jewish father and son in NYC