Racial tensions in the New York town of Ramapo, near Monsey, flared Wednesday when two men and a women were arrested for firing a paintball gun at two members of the Jewish volunteer patrol group Chaverim. One of them suffered minor wounds in the stomach.
The trio also yelled anti-Semitic slurs and was charged with a hate crime, aggravated harassment and criminal possession of a weapon.
The victims were standing on a street when the suspected attackers drove through the Jewish community near Monsey. The volunteer radioed other Chaverim members, who were able to corner the vehicle until police arrived and arrested the trio.
Tensions have been running high in Ramapo, where there is a large Orthodox Hassidic community and large black and immigrant communities.