Author Salman Rushdie was attacked on a lecture stage in New York

According to the New York State Police, a man reached the stage,

Where Indian-origin novelist Salman Rushdie was to speak in New York on Friday morning.

In the 1980s, Iran threatened the writer's life.

According to police, Rushdie was stabbed in the neck and taken to a nearby hospital by helicopter.

Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old male from Fair View, New Jersey, has been identified by police as the suspect.

State Police Major Eugene Staniszewski said during a news conference Friday night

that the motive has not yet been ascertained.

The 75-year-old world-renowned novelist was a guest lecturer on a lecture series at the Chautauqua Institution when the event took place.

According to a police report, a suspect stormed the stage

and assaulted Rushdie and an interviewer at around 11 p.m. ET.

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