The murder earlier this week of Crown Heights resident Ephraim Klein is probably not a hate crime. Klein was apparently accidentally murdered in a conflict between two street gangs. More will be known as the investigation progresses. But a germane piece of information has surfaced with regard to the immediate aftermath of the killing:
According to police reports Klein, said to be something of a night owl, was moving his SUV at 1:30 a.m. on Carroll Street to comply with alternate side of the street parking regulations when he was shot in the arm and chest. He lost control of his vehicle, which slammed into several parked cars along the block before coming to a stop.
His car caught fire and three African-American residents of the Brooklyn neighborhood pulled him out and “attempted to save his life,” [the Jewish Community Relations Council’s David] Pollock said.
Klein was pronounced dead later that morning at nearby Kings County Hospital.
Leaders of various religious and ethnic groups that live in Crown Heights, the base for Chabad Lubavitch, held a press conference Tuesday at the Jewish Children’s Museum.
“The ongoing theme was the crime of gun violence” that strikes at the entire community, Pollock said. “The other theme was that Crown Heights pulls together quite readily now — it’s a neighborhood working together, black and white.”
[Hat tip for the link to the above article: OrthoMom.]