Rashid Baz, who grew up in Lebanon during its civil war, was convicted of killing Ari Halberstam, 16, and attempting to kill more than a dozen others when he opened fire from his car with two handguns at a van entering the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan.
Baz initially told police the 1994 incident involved a traffic dispute. At his trial his lawyer claimed Baz was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, but in a 2007 prison confession, only recently made public, Baz admitted targeting and following the victims' vehicle until he could fire at it.
Asked by investigators if he would have shot at a van of black or Latino people, Baz replied, "No, I only shot at them because they were Jewish," the New York Post reported Thursday.
Since he is serving a 141-year sentence in a state prison, there is no reason to pursue additional hate-crime charges, law enforcement officials said.
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