He received medical treatment on stage, and a video later showed him being taken by stretcher to a medical evacuation helicopter.
\u201cSalman Rushdie was taken to the hospital by medical helicopter.\nAuthor Salman Rushdie was stabbed after taking stage at a Chautauqua Institute event. \n\nThis man has been detained by police.-#NYPD\n#SalmanRushdie #Newyork\u201d
New York state police said Rushdie "suffered an apparent stab wound to the neck, and was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. His condition is not yet known."
The attacker has also reportedly been detained by officials.
Once news broke of Rushdie's unfortunate murder, many said that they are purchasing The Satanic Verses to stand up for religious freedom and honour the writer.
One person on Twitter wrote: "Hi everyone, @SalmanRushdie is amazing, and everyone should go buy his new book AND The Satanic Verses as a huge F*** YOU to dead ass rotting Khomeini and anyone threatening free expression by any religion."
"Never thought I would do it, but looks like it is time to buy a copy of Satanic Verses to understand why peaceful people still haven't forgotten to deliver justice to #SalmanRushdie even after 34 years," another added.
A third wrote: "Stabbed 10-15 times for writing words! Not very different from the 10+ people murdered in India for the exactly same reason.
"Going to buy 10 copies of Satanic Verses and distribute across the open libraries here."
\u201cThe best answer to the Jihadis would be to buy a copy of 'The Satanic Verses'. \n\n#SalmanRushdie\u201d
Rushdie's murder comes as the tension between the US and Iran escalated in recent years, followed by the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the 2020 assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
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