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Second Victim in NYC Restaurant Hammer Rampage Dies

The second victim's identity hasn't been confirmed; the first to die was the 34-year-old chef at the Brooklyn restaurant

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    Suspect Arrested in Deadly NYC Hammer Attack

    The suspect in a Tuesday night hammer attack at a Brooklyn restaurant that left the chef dead and two others injured has been arrested, law enforcement sources say. Katherine Creag reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019)

    What to Know

    • One of the two wounded victims of a deadly hammer attack at a Brooklyn restaurant earlier this week has died

    • A 60-year-old owner, a 34-year-old chef and a 50-year-old worker inside were attacked, police said

    • The chef died after being transported to a hospital, it is unclear

    One of the two wounded victims of a deadly hammer attack at a Brooklyn restaurant earlier this week has died, according to police.

    The hammer-wielding suspect burst into Seaport Buffet late that evening, attacking the 60-year-old owner, a 34-year-old chef and a 50-year-old worker inside, police said. The chef, Fufai Pun of Brooklyn, died at the hospital. According to police the 60-year-old owner is the latest victim.

    A source said Wednesday that the suspect, 34-year-old Arthur Martunovich, first encountered Latino workers inside the Sheepshead Bay restaurant on Emmons Avenue and allegedly told them, "I am not here for you."

    He went on to attack the three Asian men, claiming he was inspired by Chinese movies where women were allegedly mistreated, according to the source.

    Suspect Questioned in Deadlly Hammer Attack in Buffet

    [NY] Suspect Questioned in Deadlly Hammer Attack in Buffet

    A 34-year-old man is being questioned about a violent hammer attack inside a Brooklyn buffet that killed a chef and wounded two others. Ida Siegal reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019)

    The suspect, 34-year-old Arthur Martunovich, is facing charges of murder, attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon. It wasn't clear if he had an attorney.

    A source said when Martunovich was being processed for arrest inside the police station Wednesday, he was taken the bathroom, where detectives uncuffed him. That's when he turned on the detectives, swinging at them and punching one of them in the eye. He allegedly scratched the second detective before being restrained and cuffed again.

    Both detectives were treated for their injuries.

    Martunovich was cuffed again and restrained with Velcro straps, and taken away for psychiatric evaluation, the source said.

    Witnesses described a frightening aftermath Tuesday night. 

    "A couple of people, customers from the restaurant, came in here, and we let them in and they said a guy came in crazy with a hammer and started hammering certain people, random people," said Samantha Randazzo, the owner of Randazzo's Clam Bar next door.

    "The guy said he was just screaming crazy words, like, 'I'm killing everybody, world is hell,'" she said. "Just screaming crazy things."

    She said workers inside the clam bar locked their doors in fear.

    Witnesses said they saw the suspect running toward a garage behind the restaurant. An officer arrested him a few blocks away.

    Police are investigating whether the deadly hammer attack inside a Brooklyn restaurant Tuesday night could have been connected to the suspect's self-professed affinity for Chinese movies that denigrate Asian women, a law enforcement source said.

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