Rushdie was attacked and knelt in the neck on Friday on stage in Chautauqua, western New York. New York Police said.
“Rita Landman, an endocrinologist who was in the audience, went on stage to offer assistance after the conversation. She said that Mr. Rushdie He had multiple blows, including one on the right side of his throat, and there was a pool of blood running down his body. But he said he appeared to be alive and was not receiving CPR.” new York Times informed of.
“People were saying, ‘He has a pulse, he has a pulse, he has a pulse,'” Landman was quoted as saying in the report.
Rushdie, who won the Booker Prize for his novel Midnight’s Children, was seen on stage with blood in his hands. The audience confronted the attacker and Rushdie was treated on stage after the attack.
“State police are investigating an attack on writer Salman Rushdie ahead of a speech event at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, NY. On August 12, 2022, at around 11 p.m., a male suspect came on stage and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer. ,” New York Police said in a statement.
David Graves, 78, who sat in the center of the amphitheater, said Rushdie was still sitting when the attacker reached the stage and attacked him. “Things unfolded within seconds,” he told the New York Times. Aarey Warner The Cleveland, Ohio resident, was sitting in the front row of the amphitheater with his wife when Rushdie was attacked.
Warner said he saw a tall, skinny man leaping onto the stage from the left and began attacking Salman Rushdie. He felt that the man had punched Rushdie in the face three or four times. Then he saw blood.
“He was covered in blood and was bleeding on the floor. I saw blood around his eyes and ran down his cheek,” Warner was quoted as saying in the report.
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the country’s largest Muslim civil rights group, said he was concerned that people might be too quick to blame Muslims or Islam To stab before the assailant’s identity or motive is publicly known. “American Muslims, like all Americans, condemn any violence that targets anyone in our society,” he said.
One suspect has been arrested from the spot and is in custody. New York State Police Told.
Rushdie, the author of 14 novels, was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.