Prosecutors said the targeted murder of a black man by a self-proclaimed white supremacist in New York City was most likely an act of terrorism.
Jackson is accused of stabbing 66-year-old Timothy Caughman, an African American, near Ninth Avenue and West 36th Street in Midtown Manhattan Monday night. Caughman was able to make his way to a nearby police precinct before collapsing and later dying at the hospital.
Police said Jackson traveled to New York City with the intent of attacking and killing black men, and told them he was a member of a white supremacist group. According to the New York City Police Department, he detailed his racist views in a manifesto on his laptop computer, "explaining his desire and plans."
Police said they are trying to understand Jackson's motives. He brought his laptop to New York, and police are waiting for a search warrant to examine it.
The New York Times is reporting that Jackson told detectives he wanted to deliver it to the newspaper.
Detectives believe Jackson has a hatred of black people – specifically black men. He told police he was a member of a white supremacist group, adding that he is angered by black men mixing with white women.
Authorities said when Jackson walked into the NYPD substation Tuesday, he announced he was wanted in the stabbing.
"You need to arrest me," he allegedly said. "I've got the knife in my coat."
Investigators said two knives were found in his possession – and the murder weapon is believed to be this 26-inch mini sword:
Jackson allegedly told police that just before he surrendered he had seen an interracial couple, thought about the two knives he had on him, but ultimately decided to instead turn himself in. He also told detectives he chose to come to New York City because it's the media capital of the world and he wanted to make a statement.
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