At around 4:40PM yesterday afternoon, a music professor at NYU was stabbed in the chest and back by a random man on West 3rd Street, between Mercer and LaGuardia. The Washington Square News says that Joseph Church, who teaches at the Steinhardt School of Education, was attacked by 30 (or 32) year old Mark Davilla, who then used a screwdriver to stab Church. A witness says that after Church was stabbed, he chased Davila through Schwartz Plaza (where Stern Business School is) and some people helped tackle Davila. Police say Davila had an argument with a girlfriend earlier and believe the attack was unprovoked; the NYPD charged him with assault and posession of a weapon. This is totally crazy - there must have been tons of people around, as it was a decent day and the plaza usually has its share of people hanging out. Did you see what happened?

Church is at St. Vincent's in stable condition with a punctured lung. He has worked on Broadway musicals and with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular as music director and conductor.

Photograph from the Washington Square News