The mayhem began when a FedEx truck at Sixth Ave. and 63rd St. in Sunset Park accidentally backed up into a 46-year-old man who had been at a funeral at the Beit El-Maqdis Islamic Center of Bay Ridge.
NY Daily News The man suffered only minor injuries, but the incident sparked angry words between other Muslim mourners and two FedEx employees. Naim Jawad, a mosque board member, said it appeared the driver had “road rage,” apparently because the 70 to 100 people exiting the mosque prevented him from driving off the block.
Jawad said. “I don’t think they knew they hit the guy or not until our guys stopped them.” The sight of the mourner on the ground, Jawad said, angered witnesses. “They tried to hold the FedEx truck so it doesn’t go anywhere,” he said. “Somehow, words were exchanged and then they started swinging and punching each other.” In the ensuing melee, the truck’s side windows were smashed, Jawad said.
The FedEx driver, Andrew Blunt, 25, then allegedly pulled out a box cutter, and witnesses say he was waving it around before he slashed a 56-year-old congregant in the hand. Blunt’s co-worker, Omar Lindsay, also 25, slammed a 52-year-old man in the head with a fire extinguisher. One of the FedEx workers was punched in the face by Abdel Hamid Quadus, the 23-year-old nephew of the man being mourned.
A mosque board member says the FedEx workers then started waving items from their truck that they used as weapons.
He and the FedEx workers were busted. A third FedEx worker ran off, Jawad said. Quadus was charged with misdemeanor assault and the FedEx workers were charged with felony assault.
FedEx in a statement called the incident “disturbing” and said it is “cooperating with investigating authorities to determine the facts.”