PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn (WABC) — An argument over not saying “thank you” for opening the door of a Park Slope smoke shop ended with a 37-year-old man fatally stabbed.
“It was just about not saying ‘thank you’ for opening the door for him,” employee Kharef Alsaidi said as he reopened Park Slope Convenience on 4th Avenue Wednesday morning.
Alsaidi said when the victim opened the door of the store just after 10:20 pm Tuesday, the suspect walked in.
The victim asked, “Why don’t you say, ‘Thank you for opening the door’?”
The suspect responded, “I didn’t tell you to open the door for me.”
The verbal dispute quickly escalated to a physical altercation that spilled outside the store.
The victim taunted the suspect, telling him, “Stab me if you can do it.”
The suspect grabbed a knife from his bicycle and stabbed the victim in the abdomen and neck.
“The victim started screaming, ‘He stabbed me! He stabbed me!'” Alsaidi said, as he stumbled back into the store, “bleeding all over the floor.”
The man was rushed to New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, where he was pronounced dead
The suspect biked away south on the 4th Avenue. No arrests have been made.
“I tried to deescalate the problem by telling the guy, ‘Just put the knife away. He’s not worth it, it’s not worth it,'” Alsaidi said. “I did my best to deescalate, but nothing worked.”
Anyone with information about the case can contact the police.
Call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit tips by visiting the CrimeStoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by messaging on Twitter @NYPDTips.
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