Incident Summary:

02/17/1980: Shots were fired into the home and garage of a black family on Village Drive in Barnegut, New Jersey, United States. Eighteen-year-old Aaron Morrison, who was a Ku Klux Klan organizer, was suspected to be responsible for the shots, and after searching his home, police found an arsenal of weapons including four rifles, two handguns, a shotgun, knives, brass knuckles, and ammunition in the attic of Morrison's home on Village Drive, just across the street from the home which was the target of the shots fired. It is unknown whether any damage was caused by the shots or if any individuals were injured.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New Jersey


Location Details:
at residence on Village Drive in Barnegat, NJ

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Black family
Specific Description Home of Joseph Sanders and his family
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 Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This incident may be purely a hate crime against the black family, and, it is unclear whether it was the individual work of Morrison, or if it was related to his connections with the Ku Klux Klan.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ku Klux Klan (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
"The Region: Jersey Police Hunt for Klan Organizer," New York Times, February 18, 1980.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.