The Brooklyn Bridge Shooting
occurred on March 1, 1994. In the attack, Lebanese-born immigrant Rashid Baz
shot at a van of 15 Chabad-Lubavitch Orthodox Jewish
students that was traveling on the Brooklyn Bridge
. He used a Cobray
semi-automatic pistol to strafe the van, and a Glock
9-millimeter semi-automatic pistol to shoot at students. He also had a 12-gauge Armsel Striker
shotgun in his trunk.
Four students were shot. The two most serious included Ari Halberstam
, a sixteen-year-old, who died four days later from a shot to the head. The other student, also shot in the head, suffered permanent major speech impediments.Barsky, Yehudit. . The American Jewish Committee
. Nov. 2000. Accessed June 12, 2006.
Amir Abudaif, an auto mechanic, reported the incident to the police. During the arrest, Baz was also found to be in possession of anti-Jewish literature, a .380-cal semiautomatic pistol, a stun gun, a bulletproof vest, and two 50-round ammunition magazines. Initially, Baz claimed a traffic dispute led him to commit the shootings, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
initially classified the case as road rage
. The jury rejected both defenses, and Baz was convicted of second degree murder and 14... Read More