The following is from the July 9, 2008, edition of The Dallas Morning News. SMU Law Professor Fred Moss provided expertise for this story.

Accused Dallas-area suburban shooter to be charged with hate crimes

The Dallas Morning News

A man accused of shooting at men, women and children he never met during a three-day rampage last week will be charged with hate crimes after telling investigators he was targeting specific ethnic groups.

Thai-An Huu Nguyen, 22, said he shot at motorists he thought were Asian or Hispanic in Garland, Mesquite, Richardson and Plano because of two altercations he had in recent months with people of those backgrounds, police said. . .

Fred Moss, an associate professor at the Southern Methodist University School of Law, said the ethnicity of the intended targets in this case probably won't make a difference under state law.

"I think that as long as they can show that he selected the persons against who he shot because of this bias against the group, it doesn't make any difference if they were members of the group or not," Mr. Moss said.

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