(WCBS-TV) A man allegedly went on a rampage in Union Square on Wednesday afternoon and left a complete stranger brain-dead in the process.
Police said that the attack may have been a hate crime.
Friends of Jeffrey Babbitt, 62, were shocked to hear about the random act of violence that left the gentle, retired train conductor in a coma, CBS 2's Dave Carlin reported on Friday.
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"I don't believe that. I don't know why that happened. He is very nice," Igor Sapozhnikov said.