Hatzolah EMS worker slashing in Crown Heights being investigated as possible hate crime

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CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn – A  34-year-old Hatzolah EMS worker was walking down a street when a masked offender slashed him, seemingly unprovoked, in Brooklyn Tuesday night, police said.

This attack that happened on Rogers Avenue and Eastern Parkway just after 8 p.m. is being investigated as a potential hate crime, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Adams said late Tuesday. He will have a press conference with local Jewish leaders at the Jewish Children Museum at 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Despite no words being exchanged before the assault, the off-duty EMT suffered a slash wound to his shoulder, according to cops. Using his radio, he called in for help. He was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Hatzolah EMS is a volunteer ambulance corp that operates in neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs  -- and is usually staffed by Orthodox Jewish EMTs and medics.

Police have no one under arrest and are investigating the incident.