January 19, 1973: Four Sunni Muslims Kill Cop, Take Hostages in Brooklyn Plot for “a Holy Crusade”


Source: Retro City: A 1973 Hostage Situation, Revisted – The New York Times  h/t religionofpeace.com

It was the winter of 1973 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and four men in their 20s who had vowed to fight to the death were holding about a dozen hostages inside John and Al’s, a sporting goods store on a busy commercial block of Broadway. The siege would last 47 hours, one of the longest such dramas in the city’s history, and mark a turning point in the New York Police Department’s approach to hostage situations.

The police arrived at about 6 p.m. on Jan. 19, a Friday, foiling an attempted robbery of the store by four Sunni Muslims seeking guns, rifles, pistols and ammunition for “a holy crusade.” A three-hour shootout ensued. Gunfire crackled and boomed in the evening air.

Several officers on the scene were pinned down behind cars and elevated track pillars as shotgun blasts and gunfire raged. Stephen R. Gilroy, 29, an officer who had been behind an elevated train pillar wearing a bulletproof vest, was shot in the head and killed on the scene. Two other officers were wounded, as was one of the gunmen inside the store.

Dozens of pedestrians were trapped in nearby restaurants and shops on the thoroughfare near the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.

After the initial gun battle, the police did not fire another bullet.

A Muslim minister was one of several religious leaders who tried to establish a dialogue with the kidnappers, who had ripped out all the phone lines in the store.

“If you want us to leave as Muslims, to go home, fire three shots,” he said from the tank’s bullhorn.

Three shots were fired in rapid succession.

By the next afternoon, two hostages had been released and a third was let go in exchange for a doctor bringing medical supplies to treat the injured gunman.

At about 1 p.m. on Sunday, the third day, 43 hours after the siege began, the nine remaining hostages were left unattended by the gunmen when they heard footsteps in the adjacent furniture store.

Led by a store manager, Jerry Riccio, the seven men and two women tore through half-inch plasterboard to get to a hidden staircase that led to the roof. There, they appeared, one by one, to the surprise of the police officers standing guard.

The gunmen had lost their leverage, but not their stockpile of weapons and ammunition. And for several tense hours, it was unclear if they would fight to the death, as they had vowed to do.

Later that afternoon, at about 4:45 p.m., one of the haggard gunmen appeared with his hands over his head. The others gave in shortly after.

Robert Walker/The New York Times


The gunmen, who were identified as Salih Ali Abdullah, Shulab Abdula Raheem and Dawd A. Rahman, were escorted to the 90th Precinct station house on Union Avenue. The fourth gunman, Yusef Abdullah Almussudig, who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, was taken to Kings County Hospital.

In 1974, the men were tried in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn. A a jury found them guilty of 41 counts, including murder, kidnapping and robbery.

5 thoughts on “January 19, 1973: Four Sunni Muslims Kill Cop, Take Hostages in Brooklyn Plot for “a Holy Crusade”

  1. Another senseless murder of another American! This cop, and hundreds of others, would still be alive if the traitors in Congress and the corrupt judiciary had not aided, abetted, and encouraged these muslims to come into our country. The blood of this, and so many other victims, is on their hands!! Read the freaking Constitution people! These muslims shouldn’t even be in the US! They shouldn’t be in Congress. They shouldn’t be on the Police Force or in our military. Murder is the price we pay for our ignorance.

  2. It doesn’t matter to the politicians that support bringing these cretins here, they are only interested in power, only power! As Americans the point will come where we will have to take the reins and take back our country! The law was past in 1952 that stated that mooslems were not fit to be part of America! Time to enforce the law and protect our country from these barbaric animals! Actually that’s an insult to animals in general, they are like two legged coyotes!!!

  3. Rick Keating · School of Hard Knocks.
    A very short history lesson:
    In 732 AD the Muslim Army which was moving on Paris was defeated and
    turned back at Tours, France, by Charles Martell.
    …in 1571 AD the Muslim Army/ Navy was defeated by the Italians and
    Austrians as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to attack southern Europe
    in the Battle of Lepanto.
    …in 1683 AD the Turkish Muslim Army, attacking Eastern Europe, was finally
    defeated in the Battle of Vienna by German and Polish Christian Armies.

    In 1783 AD when the British Colonies that would become the United States of
    America gained independence from Great Britain, 5 Muslim countries of North
    Africa declared war on our newly independent nation, hijacking and
    kidnapping merchant sailors and selling them for ransom, or into slavery.
    When the United States of America was established, we were forced to pay
    extortion fees amounting to 20 – 25% of our federal budget to those Muslim
    countries to keep them from their hijacking and kidnapping. It took two
    administrations, Washington and Adams, to build a sufficient Navy so that
    President Jefferson, in 1805, could send the Navy and Marines to conquer
    Tripoli and end the piracy. Islam has been at war with the USA since our
    If these battles had not been won we might be speaking Arabic and
    Christianity could be non – existent; Judaism certainly would be… And let
    us not forget that Hitler was an admirer of Islam and that the Mufti of
    Jerusalem was Hitler’s guest in Berlin and raised Bosnian Muslim SS
    Divisions: the 13th and 21st Waffen SS Divisions who killed Jews, Russians,
    Gypsies, and any other “subhumans”.
    This crap has been going on for 1,400 years and half of the
    politicians don’t even know it..!
    A lot of Americans have become so insulated from reality that they imagine
    that America can suffer defeat without any inconvenience to themselves.
    Pause a moment, reflect back. These events are actual events from history.
    They really happened!!
    Do you remember? I remember All of These
    1. In 1968, Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed by a Muslim male.
    2. In 1972 at the Munich Olympics, athletes were kidnapped and massacred by
    Muslim males.
    3. In 1972 a Pan Am 747 was hijacked and eventually diverted to Cairo where
    a fuse was lit on final approach, it was blown up shortly after landing by
    Muslim males.
    4. In 1973 a Pan Am 707 was destroyed in Rome , with 33 people killed, when
    it was attacked with grenades by Muslim males.
    5. In 1979, the US embassy in Iran was taken over by Muslim males.
    6. During the 1980’s a number of Americans were kidnapped in Lebanon by
    Muslim males.
    7. In 1983, the US Marine barracks in Beirut was blown up by Muslim males.
    8. In 1985, the cruise ship Achille Lauro was hijacked and a 70 year old
    American passenger was murdered and thrown overboard in his wheelchair by
    Muslim males.
    9. In 1985, TWA flight 847 was hijacked at Athens , and a US Navy diver
    trying to rescue passengers was murdered by Muslim males.
    10. In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by Muslim males.
    11. In 1993 , the World Trade Center was bombed the first time by Muslim
    12. In 1998, the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania were bombed by Muslim
    13. On 9/11/01, four airliners were hijacked; two were used as missiles to
    take down the World Trade Centers and of the remaining two, one crashed into
    the US Pentagon and the other was diverted and crashed by the passengers.
    Thousands of people were killed by Muslim males.
    14. In 2002, the United States fought a war in Afghanistan against Muslim
    15. In 2002, reporter Daniel Pearl was kidnapped and beheaded by—you
    guessed it—a Muslim male.
    16. In 2013, Boston Marathon Bombing 4 Innocent people including a child
    killed, 264 injured by Muslim males.
    17. In 2014, thousands of Christian men, women, and children are
    slaughtered, defiled, and beheaded by Muslim males.
    No, I really don’t see a pattern here to justify profiling, do you? So, to
    ensure we Americans never offend anyone, particularly fanatics intent on
    killing us, airport security screeners will no longer be allowed to profile
    certain people.
    Absolutely No Profiling! Instead, they must conduct random searches of
    80-year-old women, little kids, airline pilots with proper identification,
    secret agents who are members of the President’s security detail, 85-year
    old’s, Congressmen with metal hips, and Medal of Honor winner and former
    Governor Joe Foss, BUT leave Muslim Males alone lest airport security be
    guilty of profiling.
    Have the American people completely lost their Minds, or just their Power of
    Let’s send this to as many people as we can so that the Gloria Aldreds and
    other stupid attorneys, along with Federal Justices that want to thwart
    common sense, feel ashamed of themselves — if they have any such sense.
    As the writer of the award winning story ‘Forrest Gump’ so aptly put it,
    Each opportunity that you have to send this to a friend or media outlet…
    Do It.!

If sharia keeps spreading, you will not only be silenced by the media and big technology, you will be jailed - or worse. Speak while you can!

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