A HORRIFIC racist attack at a seafood buffet restaurant in New York City on Tuesday has left a Malaysian man brain dead.
Johor-native Ng Thang Kheong, 60, proprietor of the popular Seaport Buffet restaurant on Emmons Avenue in Brooklyn, was badly wounded in the unprovoked attack and pronounced brain dead by the NYU Langone Medical Centre where he was being treated, Says reported.
One of Ng’s employees – chef Fufai Pun, 34 – died from his injuries, while restaurant manager Tsz Mat Pun, 50, is listed in critical condition.
The New York Post reported that the attack occurred at 5.15pm on Jan 15 when the eatery was full of customers.
According to witnesses, a man – later identified as construction worker Arthur Martunovich, 34 – burst into the restaurant and began bashing several of the staff members on their heads with a hammer.
As patrons scrambled for the exits, Martunovich could be heard screaming “bizarre things”.
One traumatised diner said blood was spattered throughout the restaurant.
According to the New York Post, Martunovich later fled into the food outlet’s parking lot, but police managed to track him down shortly after.
While under incarceration, Martunovich, an Estonian immigrant, reportedly told police officers that he was inspired to carry out the attack by a Chinese movie he had watched in which “men were mistreating women”.
Based on his rambling rant at a local police station, a law enforcement officer said: “(Martunovich) had problems with Asian men.”
Martunovich has been charged with murder, attempted murder, and criminal possession of a weapon, and is expected to undergo psychiatric evaluation.
Meanwhile, the Seaport Buffet restaurant has remained shuttered as investigators search for clues.
As for Ng, the China Press reported that doctors at the NYU Langone Medical Centre are at a loss as to whether to continue his life support system, as he has no family in the United States.