On Christmas Eve in 1984 Bernhard Goetz leave Subway his apartment in Greenwich Village in Manhattan and went to the IRT station in a corner of 14 street and 7 Avenue. It was a thin blond hair man in glasses worn in simple jacket and jeans. Coming down to a station, he got into a subway car going downtown. There were approximately twenty people sitting on one side, staying away from four young hooligans. Bernhard denied this fact and sat down near black boys.
«Mister, can I have five dollars?» — asked two of teenagers. Goetz responded: «You can all have it!»
Third boy – Ramseur made it clear that he had a gun in his pocket.
«His eyes were shining, he was fun and smiling. This fact made me anger and shocked… So I put out my five-shot Smith` n` Wesson and fired them…» — Goetz will say later in a court.