A verbal altercation between two men in Brooklyn over not saying “thank you” for holding the door open led to one of them being stabbed to death, according to an eyewitness and police.
One of the men was stabbed to death in a New York neighborhood after a late-night fight broke out when one of them accused the other of not being nice.
The dispute began with a verbal spat at a store on 4th Avenue in Park Slope around 10:20 p.m. Tuesday, but escalated when a person holding the door for another was stabbed outside the store.
The 37-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, held the door for another customer, also unknown, in the store and confronted him for not thanking the gesture.
“Why don’t you say, ‘Thank you for opening the door,'” the victim asked, according to Kharef Alsaidi, an employee at the store.
“I didn’t tell you to open the door for me,” the suspect replied, Alsaidi told ABC News.
“It was just about not saying ‘thank you’ for opening the door for him,” the eyewitness said.
Mr. Alsaidi said a verbal dispute escalated into a physical fight and took place outside the store. In one case, the victim allegedly taunted the man, asking him to “stab me if you can.”
The suspect, who was on his bicycle, grabbed a knife and allegedly stabbed the man in the stomach and neck, according to authorities.
“The victim started screaming, ‘He stabbed me, he stabbed me,'” Mr. Alsaidi said.
He recalled the victim “bleeding on the floor” as the suspect fled.
“I tried to defuse the problem by telling the guy, ‘Just put the knife away. It’s not worth it. It’s not worth it,” said Mr. Alsaidi. “I tried my best to de-escalate, but nothing worked.”
The man was rushed to Brooklyn Methodist Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The suspect is on the run and police asked anyone with information to call the NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or tweet @NYPDTips with any information about the incident.