He was out for blood — and looking for a suicide-by-cop.
“You were supposed to shoot me! I wanted to kill them,” Richard Rojas, 26, told police, according to sources.
The killer, who’s been arrested twice for DWI, wasn’t drunk when he went on the rampage in the heart of the Big Apple, a high-ranking police official said. Rojas is currently being tested for drugs, as he appeared to be high, according to sources.
He served in the US Navy from 2011 to 2015, and was not honorably discharged, sources said.
A friend said Rojas was never the same after he returned from his military service, and took up drinking to cope with the stress.
“He finally came home, and it was hard for him to find a job,” said Harrison Ramos, 30. “He was having a lot of bad nightmares. He was talking crazy. He was acting strange.”
Ramos added he would buy alcohol “to forget about all that stuff.”
“He should’ve gotten professional help,” he said. “He would talk about demons and devils and conspiracy theories.”
But on Wednesday night, Rojas appeared to be in “good spirits” as he partied with friends and celebrated getting his car back, a pal said.
“He just got his car back, a Honda,” said Jose Medrano, 27. “He was happy about it. He said they had taken his car for lack of payment. He just gotten it back and was happy.”
“He was drinking last night out here, with his friends,” Medrano added. “He looked in good spirits.”
The next day, Rojas used the Honda to mow down nearly two dozen people on the sidewalk, police said.