Five people have been stabbed in a suspected machete attack during a Hanukkah celebration at the home of a rabbi in upstate New York.
Police said a suspect fled in a vehicle after the attack at around 10pm in Monsey, a town an hour north of New York City.
Ramapo Police Chief Brad Weidel said hours later that New York City police had located a vehicle and possible suspect.
He said the five people were taken to hospital for treatment, but the extent of their injuries was not clear.
Officers would not immediately confirm whether anyone was in custody.
The attack appeared to be the latest in a string targeting Jews in the region, including a massacre at a kosher grocery store in New Jersey earlier this month.
Top state officials, including Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Leticia James, released statements condemning the attack.
Photos and videos posted on Twitter showed a large emergency response with paramedics running and pushing stretchers.
The Anti-Defamation League of New York and New Jersey says it was also aware of the reports and was at the scene in Monsey.
The Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council for the Hudson Valley region tweeted reports that the stabbings took place at the house of a Hasidic rabbi while they were celebrating Hanukkah.
Several state and local officials described the location of the stabbing as a synagogue. The rabbi’s home is next door to a synagogue.
Saturday was the seventh night of Hanukkah.
Governor Cuomo called the stabbings a ‘cowardly act’ and directed the State Police hate crimes task force to investigate the attacks.
He said: ‘Let me be clear: anti-Semitism and bigotry of any kind are repugnant to our values of inclusion and diversity and we have absolutely zero tolerance for such acts of hate.
‘In New York we will always stand up and say with one voice to anyone who wishes to divide and spread fear: you do not represent New York and your actions will not go unpunished.’
Authorities have not provided a motive for the attack.
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