Rossi: Like Bernie Goetz, riding the subways with a gun, waiting for someone to confront him.
In January, 1981, Bernie Goetz, the "Subway Vigilante," was mugged by three teens at a subway station in New York. On December 22, 1984, four black teens carrying screwdrivers approached Bernie Goetz on a subway asking for money. Goetz pulled out a .38 Smith and Wesson and shot all four teens, leaving one teen paralyzed. Goetz originally fled the scene and buried the gun, but he was eventually arrested and then confessed to a desire to hurt the teens, to "make them suffer." Goetz was tried on charges of attempted murder and assault, but, by that time, NYC sentiment was rampant in its support of Goetz's actions. Goetz was acquitted of all 17 counts of attempted murder and assault.