3 arrested after shooting ultra-Orthodox Jews with paint ballsBy Mason White 6:11 PM August 8, 2013
By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) Three people were arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime related charges after shooting ultra-Orthodox Jews with paint balls, according to police reports in New York.
Ramapo Police said that officers who were responding to a report of a possible gunshot victim instead found a pedestrian beaten several times by paint balls in what is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
The shooting happened at Rita Avenue in the village of Kaser around 11:30 pm on Wednesday.
The victim said he and a friend were talking and leaning against the car of another friend when another vehicle traveling south on Rita Avenue stopped near them.
Both the victim and his friend said they observed a black man shooting a rifle at them from the window of the passenger side of the car about five or six times, striking the victim twice in the abdomen and the car three or four times.
They also reported hearing someone yell “f***ing Jews” as they drove by.
The victim and his friend, who are members of the community patrol “Chaverim”, alerted headquarters about the situation through their radios. Patrol members, who were also in the area, followed the vehicle and cornered the suspects on Frances Place in Monsey.
Ramapo police arrived and placed the three suspects under arrest.
A paintball power gun was found inside the car.
The victim suffered minor injuries to his abdomen and was taken to Nyack Hospital for treatment.
The suspects were identified as 23-year-old Shashi Ramsaroop, Lindsey Peaks, 20, and 19-year-old Demetrius Latrell Torain.
They are charged with second-degree assault as a hate crime, second-degree aggravated harassment, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and third-degree criminal tampering.