Incident Summary:

7/31/1970: Unknown perpetrators fired shotgun blasts at the house of the first African American family to move into a White neighborhood in Charlotte,North Carolina, United States. There were no casualties but it is uknown if the house was damaged.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

North Carolina


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity White house in Black neighborhood
Specific Description Home of Mr. & Mrs. Franklin Williams
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The family earlier received a threatening note telling them to leave the neighborhood or they would be in danger. Though the Williams were frightened, White neighbors consoled them and convinced them to stay in the neighborhood.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"N.C. Negroes Stay," Washington Post, September 6, 1970.