Salman Rushdie suffered a number of stab wounds, together with one to the precise aspect of his neck, and was mendacity in a pool of blood underneath his physique after he was attacked at an occasion on Friday, in response to a health care provider who helped the Mumbai-born controversial creator following the brutal assault.
Mr Rushdie was attacked and stabbed within the neck on Friday whereas onstage in Chautauqua in Western New York, New York Police stated.
“Rita Landman, an endocrinologist who was within the viewers, walked on stage to supply help after the speak. She stated that Mr. Rushdie had a number of stab wounds, together with one to the precise aspect of his neck, and that there was a pool of blood underneath his physique. However she stated he seemed to be alive and was not receiving CPR,” The New York Occasions reported.
“Individuals have been saying, ‘He has a pulse, he has a pulse he has a pulse,'” the report quoted Landman as saying.
Mr Rushdie, who gained the Booker Prize for his novel ‘Midnight’s Youngsters’, was seen on the stage with blood on his arms. The viewers tackled the attacker and Mr Rushdie was then handled onstage following the assault.
“State Police are investigating an assault on creator Salman Rushdie previous to a talking occasion on the Chautauqua Establishment in Chautauqua, NY. On August 12, 2022, at about 11 a.m., a male suspect ran up onto the stage and attacked Mr Rushdie and an interviewer,” New York Police stated in an announcement.
David Graves, 78, who was sitting within the center part of the amphitheater, stated Mr Rushdie was nonetheless seated when the attacker reached the stage and launched at him. “Issues unfolded inside seconds,” he advised the New York Occasions.
Roger Warner of Cleveland, Ohio, was sitting on the entrance row on the amphitheater together with his spouse when Mr Rushdie was attacked.
Warner stated he noticed a tall, slender man leap onto the stage from the left aspect and start attacking Salman Rushdie. He thought the person had punched Rushdie three or 4 instances within the face. Then he noticed the blood.
“He was lined with blood and there was blood working down onto the ground. I simply noticed blood throughout his eyes and working down his cheek,” Warner wasquoted as saying within the report.
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights group, stated he was involved individuals would possibly rush guilty Muslims or Islam for the stabbing earlier than the attacker’s identification or motive have been publicly identified. “American Muslims, like all Individuals, condemn any violence concentrating on anybody in our society,” he stated.
A suspect was arrested on the scene and is in custody, New York State Police stated.
Mr Rushdie, the creator of 14 novels, was knighted in 2007 for companies to literature.
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