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Author Salman Rushdie has been violently attacked at a speaking engagement in upstate New York, according to multiple reports.

The incident happened at around 10:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, as Rushdie was about to begin lecturing at the Chautauqua Institution, in Chautauqua located about 70 miles south of Buffalo.

A man stormed the stage and attacked the 75-year-old Rushdie and an interviewer, according to New York State Police. 

Rushdie suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck and was taken by helicopter to a hospital, police said.

The interviewer suffered a minor head injury.

Photos posted to social media showed several people tending to Rushdie as he lay on the floor immediately following the attack.

There were no other reports of injuries.

The suspect was immediately apprehended by a state police trooper. His name has not been made public.

Rushdie, a native of Mumbai, India, has long been the subject of death threats from around the world following the publication of his 1988 book, The Satanic Verses, which critics deemed as hate speech directed toward Muslims.

In 1989, Iran's leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa, calling for Rushdie's death.

Iran has offered over $3 million as a reward to anyone who kills Rushdie.

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6 shooting deaths in California are related, police say

Stockton police have linked a 2021 Oakland homicide and a non-fatal shooting to a “series of killings” gripping the Central California town, bringing the total number of homicide victims to six.

The Stockton Police Department announced last week that five shooting homicides reported between July and September of this year were “related.”

The first incident was reported July 8 and the most recent related homicide occurred Sept. 27, according to police.


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Alexander Hernandez, 42, was found guilty in May of five counts of murder with special circumstances.

All of the victims were men shot in the late-night or early-morning hours with no signs of robbery present, police said. Five of the six victims were Latino, according to police.

“It’s just people caught by surprise,” Stockton police Chief Stanley McFadden said Friday at a news conference.

The Stockton victims were identified as:

  • A 35-year-old white man killed at 12:31 a.m. on July 8 in the 5600 block of Kermit Lane
  • A 43-year-old Latino man killed at 9:49 p.m. on Aug. 11 in the 4900 block of West Lane
  • A 21-year-old Latino man killed at 6:41 a.m. on Aug. 30 in the 800 block of E. Hammer Lane
  • A 52-year-old Latino man killed at 4:27 a.m. on Sept. 21 in the 4400 block of Manchester Avenue
  • A 54-year-old Latino man killed at 1:53 a.m. on Sept. 27 in the 900 block of Porter Avenue

On Monday, police confirmed that an April 2021 fatal shooting of a 40-year-old Latino man in Oakland was linked to the current string of homicides. The shooting occurred at 4:18 a.m.

A non-fatal shooting of a 46-year-old Black woman in Stockton, also reported in April 2021, was also related, police said. That incident occurred around 3:20 a.m.


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Five Stockton homicides since July are related, police say. “It’s just people caught by surprise,” said Police Chief Stanley McFadden.

A $95,000 reward is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest. The sum includes $10,000 donated anonymously from a Stockton-area business owner.

“We really don’t know how things are playing out just because of a lack of witnesses,” McFadden said Friday. “I can’t say it enough: We need [the public’s] help.”

Stockton police released a photo of a “person of interest” in the case but did not say whether the person was considered a suspect or witness.

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