Crime Scene Photography · Massacres/Mass Murder · New York · Racially Motivated

1993 Long Island Rail Road shooting

December 7, 1993
Garden City, New York
Colin Ferguson shoots passengers while on the Long Island Rail Road, killing 6 and injuring 19

Using a 9mm and carrying 160 rounds of ammo, Ferguson calmly stood during his commute before firing “as methodical as if he were taking tickets” according to The New York Times. His shooting spree ended when 3 passengers grabbed Ferguson, pinning him to the ground. Other passengers assisted by holding Ferguson’s legs once he was restrained.

During trial, Ferguson’s defense claims he acted out of “black rage,” supported by a piece of paper police found on him referencing “racism by Caucasians and Uncle Tom Negroes”. Ferguson also strangely fired his defense team near the end of his trial, questioning surviving victims of the attack himself. He was found guilty and sentenced to 315 years and 8 months in prison.

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