Bomber may have attacked fifth spot
A series of firebombs hurled at properties in eastern Queens on Sunday night spooked community members and led police to investigate Monday whether the incidents were bias attacks.
Also Monday, police were investigating whether the same arsonist conducted another attack on a home in nearby Elmont.
A Nassau County police spokesman said the Elmont incident took place around 9:40 p.m., when a homeowner heard his living room window break and discovered a shattered bottle containing an accelerant on his front porch. The substance did not ignite.
The other targets were in the Jamaica area, police said. The first bombing occurred at the 179th Street Deli on Hillside Ave. around 8 p.m.
At least three more properties were hit in quick succession: a residence on 107th Avenue; the Imam Al-Khoei Islamic Center on the Van Wyck Expressway; and a 170th Street home that is also a Hindu temple.
Police said the Molotov cocktails were constructed out of glass Starbucks bottles.
City officials quickly condemned the spate of attacks.
"[The] actions stand in stark contrast to the New York City of today that we've built together," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg, adding that the NYPD's Hate Crimes Unit was investigating.