An Eric Adams campaign volunteer was stabbed repeatedly with an ice pick while canvassing on behalf of the Democratic mayoral hopeful in the South Bronx Sunday afternoon, Adams told reporters.
The 42-year-old man was stabbed four times at 149th Street and Morris Avenue just before 4 p.m. in the caught-on-camera attack, police sources said.
The volunteer was shaking hands with a potential voter next to his rolling walker, which was adorned with an Adams campaign sign, when a suspect in a white T-shirt started stabbing him from behind, according to sources.
The assailant brought the staggering worker to the ground and continued to stab him, sources said.
Speaking at an unrelated event in the borough Sunday evening, Adams said “one of our most committed volunteers” had been rushed to the hospital.
“We had a campaign volunteer, he was stabbed multiple times by an ice pick. That is one of the most dangerous weapons you can use with a stabbing. He went into surgery. We believe he has stabilized,” the mayoral front runner said.
Adams said he believed the attack happened outside his campaign office in the borough but was not sure if it was politically related.
“We don’t know what it’s connected to,” he said. “We have been dealing with some issues that we’re going to see if it’s connected with that, but at this time we’re not sure. I’m going to stop to see if it’s possible to visit him. He was a volunteer that came out every day. The video shows that he was out giving out literature for the campaign, but he was stabbed multiple times.”
The video shows the victim being approached by two attackers before being stabbed by one of them, sources said.
An ice pick and a knife were found at the scene. Sources said it’s unclear who the weapons belonged to.
The victim refused to answer questions from detectives, including about whether he was a campaign worker, law enforcement sources told The Post.
Sources said the victim, who has nearly 50 prior arrests, was out of surgery for a punctured lung Sunday night and is in stable condition.
Mayoral rival Maya Wiley expressed her condolences Sunday.
“My thoughts are with he and his family and my heart hurts for Team Adams today. New Yorkers shouldn’t have to fear walking down the street,” she tweeted.
Adams — a former NYPD captain — is leading the crowded Democrat field ahead of Tuesday’s primary, which will likely decide the next mayor in the heavily blue city.
Additional reporting by Larry Celona