Steve Buscemi Attacked in Random NYC Incident by Aggressor

NYC confronts rising street violence amid recent celebrity attack.

by Nouman Rasool
Steve Buscemi Attacked in Random NYC Incident by Aggressor
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NEW YORK—In a shocking daytime crime, the great actor Steve Buscemi was assaulted on the streets of Midtown Manhattan, raising serious alarm over safety in the Big Apple. According to the cops, the assault took place last Wednesday at about 11:48 a.m.

in front of a high-traffic spot at 369 Third Avenue. Steve Buscemi, 66, the star of "Boardwalk Empire," "Fargo," and "Reservoir Dogs," was walking through Kips Bay when he was suddenly punched in the face and the left eye by an unknown attacker. After the attack, the actor was promptly conveyed to Bellevue Hospital to receive medical attention.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene, with one local worker telling CBS New York that he saw Buscemi with a woman right before he was struck and fell backwards. The attacker fled the scene shortly afterward and is still at large despite efforts by the NYPD, which included the release of the surveillance images of the bearded man wearing a baseball cap, a blue t-shirt, and black sweatpants described as the suspect.

City Reflects on Violence

The city, which has seen an alarming increase in unprovoked street attacks, today reflects on the chilling implications of the high-profile assaults. Buscemi's publicist released a statement expressing the actor's gratitude for public support and his dismay over the frequency of these random acts of violence.

"Steve is ok and appreciates everyone's well wishes, though incredibly sad for everyone that this has happened to while also walking the streets of New York," the statement read. It was not the first time such an attack was used against members of the cast of "Boardwalk Empire." Earlier this year, Michael Stuhlbarg, who played Arnold Rothstein in the series, was also a victim of an unprovoked attack while jogging on the Upper East Side.

The NYPD continues its search for Buscemi's attacker. Meanwhile, the community and fans worldwide are left concerned for the safety of one of New York's most cherished actors, who has not only entertained millions with his performances but also served bravely as an FDNY firefighter and dedicated his efforts to aiding the city post-9/11.