The assailant only stopped stabbing Li upon the intervention of another man, who appeared to be chased next.
Li, who barely survived the attack, was left lying in his own pool of blood. The 48-year-old was stabbed 13 times in the back, head, arms and chest — with one striking his heart — according to police.
“One guy was chasing the other guy, and caught up with him outside,” a witness told The New York Post. “He stabbed him so many times, I’m amazed he survived.”
Li was rushed to the NYU Langone Hospital – Brooklyn for emergency surgery. Unfortunately, he was still in critical condition as of Sunday.
Police initially suspected the incident as a coronavirus-related hate crime, since both Li and his assailant wore surgical masks. However, further investigation revealed that there was “absolutely no nexus between the attack and the coronavirus.”
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