Incident Summary:

05/13/1976: Shots were fired through the windows of the home of a Soviet diplomat in Hyattsville, Maryland, United States. Former Chairman of the Jewish Defense League, William Perl, was given a suspended sentence and a fine for the shootings. It is unknown whether there were any injuries or fatalities in this incident. This was one of two similar incidents (197605130002).



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity Soviet Diplomats in U.S.
Specific Description apartment of Soviet embassy official
Nationality of Target Soviet Union
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This is one of two of the same incident (197605130002). In Italy in February 1977, Solomon Michael Perl, the son of William Perl, a former chairman of the Jewish Defense League, was arrested and charged with the shooting on a warrant that was issued for him in the U.S. However, later the charges against him were dropped after evidence at his father's trial nullified the charges against Solomon. William Perl was sentenced and fined for the shootings.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jewish Defense League (JDL) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"U.S. Man Arrested in Italy," New York Times, February 16, 1977.
Shlomo M. Russ, "The 'Zionist Hooligans': The Jewish Defense League," The City University of New York, 1981.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.