Posted: 6/17/2002 12:37:24 PM EDT
Man Shoots Three in Manhattan in Racially Motivated Attack
NEW YORK — A heavily armed black man allegedly shot three people and tried to set patrons at a Manhattan bar on fire Sunday before being wounded by officers and arrested in what police said was a racially motivated attack.
Steven Johnson, 34, was charged with attempted murder after what Police Commissioner Ray Kelly described as a "very bizarre crime by this deranged individual."
Johnson was carrying three loaded guns, 153 rounds of ammunition and a samurai sword when he approached four white people walking in the East Village and told them: "I have a problem with you," Kelly said.
When Johnson pulled out the lighter, two Manhattan women jumped him, and he shot one in the leg, police said. Officers heard the shots and stormed the bar, grazing Johnson in the head and taking him into custody.