“I’m killing everybody, world is hell!” the man screamed, according to the owner of a nearby business.
All three victims were taken to a local hospital, where the 34-year-old chef was pronounced dead, police said. Those critically injured were the 60-year-old owner of the business and a 50-year-old employee, New York City’s FOX 5 reported.
The attack occurred around 5 p.m. at the Seaport Buffet restaurant in Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay neighborhood, New York City’s WNBC-TV reported.
Frightened restaurant patrons ran into a clam bar next door, the station reported.
"A couple of people, customers from the restaurant, came in here, and we let them in and they said a guy came in crazy with a hammer and started hammering certain people, random people," clam bar owner Samantha Randazzo told WNBC.
Witnesses saw the suspect run toward a garage behind the restaurant, then he was apprehended a few blocks away by a police officer, the report said.
The suspect was undergoing a psychiatric evaluation, News12 Brooklyn reported.