Video: Man suffers double lung collapse after Brooklyn screwdriver attack in gas station parking lot: 'It's getting worse,' owner says of crime on his property – New York Daily News

Surveillance video shows attack at Brooklyn gas station involving a screwdriver, police said. (New York Daily News Handout)
A man was pummeled in the head and stabbed with a screwdriver in a brutal Brooklyn gas station parking lot assault that left the victim with two collapsed lungs, police said Wednesday.
The shirtless 46-year-old victim got into an argument with a man at a Shell station on Clarkson Ave. near Rockaway Pkwy. in East Flatbush about 6:35 p.m. July 24, cops said.
A witness told the gas station owner the victim was passed out drunk in front of the store. When he woke up, he insisted the man had taken something that belonged to him.
Surveillance video shows attack at Brooklyn gas station involving a screwdriver, police said. (NYPD)
Video released by police shows the victim walking toward his attacker, who is pushing a Citi bike with a milk-crate type basket adhered to the front.
“He had something in the bike,” said Ali Azhar, 36. “(He was) trying to take it back.”
As the victim puts his hand on the bike, the man pulls a screwdriver out of the basket and hits him with it multiple times, the video shows. One of the blows resulted in a puncture wound, an injury that caused both of the victim’s lungs to collapse, police said.
Surveillance video shows attack at Brooklyn gas station involving a screwdriver, police said. (NYPD)
The stabber took off on the Citi bike, cops said.
The victim was taken to Brookdale Hospital Medical Center in critical but stable condition.
The attacker subsequently returned to buy beer at the gas station, where his bike was stolen about a week after the stabbing, Azhar said.
Azhar, who has owned the station for about five years, said the crime is nothing new. He loses about $50 a day to theft.
“Every day,” Azhar said of the reoccurring incidents. “I could send you one (video) every day. My guys are scared to chase them. These people are drunk. They’re on crack. They’re here every day.”
Azhar asserted the same dozen or so men wreak havoc on his business, and believes they’re all addicts.
“Didn’t have a single white hair on my body,” Azhar said of his now graying beard since purchasing the gas station. “(I’m) ready to get out. It’s getting worse.”
Police are still searching for the man. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.
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