Brooklyn Bridge shooting

Brooklyn Bridge Shooting

Brooklyn Bridge shooting

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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...
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