Suspected killer targeted 'male blacks,' authorities say

James Harris Jackson, a 28-year-old Army veteran, was arrested in the fatal stabbing of Timothy Caughman, 66, in New York City.
2:00 | 03/23/17

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Turning to a tragic hate crime here in New York City. A suspected killer is now in custody accused of stabbing an African-American man on the street. ABC's linsey Davis has that story for us. Good morning, linsey. Reporter: Good morning, robin. That stabbing happened just about two blocks away from here. The vic was then able to make his way here to this police station. He staggered in in critical condition and later died at a hospital. There have been more than 100 reports of hate crimes in new York City so far this year. That's more than double this time last year. Police say this surveillance video shows the moments right after James Harris Jackson stabbed a black man in the heart of New York City simply because of the color of his skin. Jackson, seen here being escorted out of a New York police precinct is behind bars this morning. Police say the 28-year-old army veteran violently attacked Timothy Kauffman and they say he was motivated by his hatred for black people. It is believed he was specifically intending to target male blacks. It's well over ten years that he has been harboring these feelings of hate towards male blacks. Reporter: Jackson was caught on surveillance camera runing away from this Manhattan corner shortly after 11:00 Monday night where 66-year-old Kauffman a can and bottle recycling was rifling through the trash when police say he was stabbed multiple times with this 26-inch black sword. Police say he wrote a manifesto about coming to New York City from his home in Baltimore to attack black people. The reason why he picked new York is because it's the media capital of the world. Reporter: Jackson told police he traveled to New York on a bus Friday where he stayed in a hotel until Monday afternoon. At which point authorities say he proceeded to wander through the city. Investigators say they believe Jackson considered other attacks but turned himself in 24 hours after the killing, telling officers he was the man they were looking for. Jackson is currently being charged with second degree murder. But police are working to add hate crime to yougrade that charge to first degree murder.

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