In the 1980s, Iran sent death threats to the Indian-born author Salman Rushdie. On Friday morning in New York, a man rushed the stage

where Rushdie was going to speak and attacked him, New York State Police said. Rushdie was taken to a hospital in the area by helicopter

because he had been stabbed in the neck, police said. Hadi Matar, a 24-year-old man from Fair View, New Jersey, has been named by police as the person in custody.

At a news conference Friday night, Eugene Staniszewski, a major with the State Police, said at a news conference that they haven't found a reason yet.

The 75-year-old world-famous author was a guest speaker at a lecture series at the Chautauqua Institution when the incident happened.

A police statement says that at around 11 a.m. ET, a man rushed the stage and attacked Rushdie and an interviewer.

The suspect was taken into custody right away, and Rushdie was taken to a nearby hospital. Staniszewski said that Rushdie was having surgery,

and at this time, we don't know how he is doing. He also said that the interviewer, Henry Reese, had a small head injury that was treated at a local hospital

and that he had been released since then. Reese is one of the people who started the City of Asylum, a place where writers in exile can live and work.

He was on stage with Rushdie when the attack happened. The president of the Chautauqua Institution, Michael Hill, said that the security needs of each event are looked at on a case-by-case basis.

At the news conference, he said, "I would say that we take our security measures very, very seriously." 

The institution said that a state trooper and a sheriff's officer would be there because this event would be so important.

Hill said that Matar had bought a ticket to the event, just like everyone else there. Hill said, "What happened at Chautauqua today is unlike anything else that has happened there in the past 150 years."

"Today, now, we are called to face fear and hate, which is the worst thing a person can have." According to the event page for the Chautauqua Institution,