Incident Summary:

11/29/1978: An unknown perpetrator, stationed in a car on the Reedy Point Bridge in Delaware City, Delaware, United States, fired on the Andrian Goncharov, a Soviet freighter, with a sniper rifle as the ship crossed through the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. There were no casualties but two bullets pierced the wall of the ship's radio room.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Delaware City

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity Soviet freighter
Specific Description The Andrian Goncharov
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 Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
high-powered sniper rifle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information It is suspected that the perpetrators might have been Jewish militants, however no group claimed credit for this incident. The Soviet ship was bound for Baltimore.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown 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
"Gunfire Hits Russian Freighter," New York Times, December 3, 1978.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.