Third victim dies after last week’s hammer attack
A third victim has died after a hammer-wielding attacker smashed his way through a Sheepshead Bay restaurant last week.
Authorities confirmed Wednesday that 50-year-old Tsz Pun, the restaurant’s manager, has succumbed to his injuries at a Sunset Park hospital.
According to police, 34-year-old Arthur Martunovich entered Seaport Buffet at 2027 Emmons Ave. just after 5 p.m. on Jan. 15 brandishing a hammer, which he used to strike three employees before fleeing the scene.
Emergency Medical Services responded and rushed the three victims to NYU Langone-Brooklyn where Pun, a Sheepshead Bay resident, had been since the assault.
He is the third to die following the attack.
The restaurant’s chef, 34-year-old Fufai Pun, was pronounced dead shortly after the incident.
Cops later announced the death of owner Thang Ng, 60, on Jan. 18.
A GoFundMe has been set up to assist the families with funeral and medical expenses. Its organizer, Jack Cheung, wrote that Martunovich attacked people “seemingly at random” and that those who knew the chef were “unable to make sense” of his “brutal and unexpected death.”
At the time of the campaign’s launch, the restaurant’s owner was still fighting for his life.
“This campaign is to raise money to pay for the funeral expenses and medical expenses for these three victims,” Cheung wrote. “The journeys ahead of these three families will be difficult. A donation, no matter what size, would make a profound difference to them.”
Martunovich was taken into custody just blocks away from the restaurant and was charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder and three counts of criminal possession of a weapon. He has since been hospitalized in a psychiatric ward.
According to reports, some patrons took cover from the scene inside nearby eatery Randazzo’s Clam Bar.
“I heard a bunch of people screaming ‘He’s killing people! Lock all the doors!’” restaurant manager Samantha Randazzo told the New York Post.
Additional reporting by the Associated Press
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