The New York City Police Department released surveillance video in the fatal stabbing. James Harris Jackson, 28, of Hampden turned himself in at a Times Square police station early Wednesday in the case, police said.
Jackson, of the 800 block of W. 35th St. in Hampden, told police he'd harbored feelings of hatred toward black men for at least 10 years, authorities said. He traveled to New York on March 17 and had been staying in a Manhattan hotel.
"The reason he picked New York is because it's the media capital of the world, and he wanted to make a statement," Aubrey said. Investigators said they believed Jackson was considering other attacks but surrendered after noticing his photo in media reports. He had two knives and told investigators where they could find the sword, police said. The sword was retrieved from a trash can not far from the scene.
Jackson served in the Army from March 2009 to August 2012 and worked as a military intelligence analyst, the Army said. He was deployed to Afghanistan from December 2010 to November 2011, earned several medals and attained the rank of specialist. The circumstances of his discharge are unclear.
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