Suspect Thought 4 Slain Immigrants Were Middle Eastern
NEW YORK (AP) -- Police said the Bible's admonition against murder
apparently persuaded a man with a history of mental problems to
confess to fatally shooting four immigrants, three of them out of
Larme Price told a detective that he shot three victims -- one
Guyanese, one Indian and one Yemeni -- because he believed each was
of Middle Eastern descent, a criminal complaint said. He said he shot
a Russian-born man because he "felt bad vibes" about him, the
Price, 30, was ordered held without bail following his arraignment
Monday on charges of first-degree murder, second-degree attempted
murder and criminal possession of a weapon. He was placed on suicide
watch at the request of his attorney, John Youngblood.
The defendant's relatives refused to comment as they left the
courthouse. Police said the gunman wanted to exact revenge for the
September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The killings began on February 8 with the shooting of John Freddy,
40, a Guyana native drinking coffee at a convenience store. A
surveillance camera showed a man in a dark coat, baseball cap and
hooded sweat shirt shooting Freddy behind the ear.
About two hours later, Indian immigrant Sukhjit Khajala, 50, was
fatally shot in the face with the same .40-caliber revolver used in
Freddy's killing, authorities said. Police said $169 was taken from
the cash register by a man who shot Khajala after a brief
conversation, then walked away slowly.
Russian-born laundry manager Albert Kotlyar, 32, was killed March 10.
Ten days later, Mohammed Ali Nassir, 54, was shot and killed while
sitting near the door of the Stop II Food Market. Another employee
Police said Price, who has two children and a pregnant girlfriend,
apparently began having second thoughts about the shootings after
reading the Sixth Commandment in the Bible: "Thou shall not kill."
"He was reading the Bible and he wanted to help the police end this,"
said Deputy Inspector Vito Spano, who headed the police task force.
"He was not happy with what he was doing."
Price walked into a police precinct Friday and offered to help track
down the suspect, police said. Within a day, police said, they
obtained Price's confession.
Price's mother, Leatha Price, said her son struggled with drug abuse
and had mental problems that were exacerbated by the terrorist
attacks. She said she tried unsuccessfully to have him admitted to
Woodhull records reportedly show that he was treated at the
hospital's Non-Urgent Care Center on March 9 and released.
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Police said they matched a pistol recovered from the home of Price's
girlfriend to the shooting of Nassir. They also recovered a baseball
cap, hooded sweat shirt and jacket they believe Price wore during the