In a distressing incident on Sunday afternoon, a Buddhist temple in Brooklyn became the target of a robbery where a group of monks was confronted at gunpoint by three perpetrators, the New York Post reported.
The assailants forcibly entered the Watt Samakki-Dhammikaram Buddhist Temple in Flatbush through the back door around 2:30 pm, encountering four monks inside.
During the confrontation, one of the suspects brandished a gun while the others seised personal belongings and cash from the monks.
The exact amount of money stolen and the items taken remain unclear. The thieves swiftly fled on foot, heading north on Rugby Road, as reported by the NYPD.
Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the incident. As of now, no arrests have been made, and the investigation is ongoing. Authorities were present at the scene throughout Sunday evening.
The temple, primarily serving the Cambodian community in New York and New Jersey, was acquired in 1987, according to its website.