Indian-born author Salman Rushdie,  who received death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked  in New York on Friday morning by a man

Indian-born author Salman Rushdie,  who received death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked  in New York on Friday morning by a man

Police said Rushdie was airlifted to a local hospital where he was believed to have suffered a stab wound to his neck. 

A male suspect attacked the stage and assaulted Rushdie and the interviewer at about 11 a.m. ET, police said.

The suspect was quickly taken into custody and Rushdie was taken to a local hospital. Rushdie's condition at the time was unknown, according to a police statement.

Police said an interviewer, who was not named in the press release, suffered a minor head injury. was shown to be Henry Reese, co-founder of the City of Asylum, a residency program.

Rushdie has written 14 novels, including The Satanic Verses, one of his most popular books that led to the death threats of Iranian leaders in 1989. 

PEN America's CEO, Suzanne Nossel, said in her statement that the organization was shocked to learn of the attack.

"Salman Rushdie has been the target of his words for decades, but he has never flinched or hesitated," Nossel said.