Incident Summary:

04/19/1980: Two white men fired shots from a shotgun into a mobile home while driving by, in Wrightsville, Georgia, United States, wounding nine-year-old black girl, Constance Folsom, in the forehead, neck, and chin. The girl was in satisfactory condition and treated for her wounds. It is unknown whether any property damage occurred. This incident occurred a few hours after a demonstration protesting the treatment of blacks in the racially divided community. For several weeks prior to the incident, there had been unrest in the community between whites and blacks, with blacks protesting against racial, economic, and political injustices against them, asking for better jobs and representation in local government. The perpetrators, Herschel Hall and Danny Foskey, were arrested and charged with aggravated assault. It is uncertain whether the two are members of the Ku Klux Klan.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
at mobile home

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description nine-year-old black girl, Constance Folsom
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)
Weapon Details
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ku Klux Klan (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Around the Nation: Two White Men Arrested in Shooting of Black Child," New York Times, April 21, 1980.
"Two White Men Held in Shooting of 9-Year-Old Black Girl", The Associated Press, April 20, 1980.
"Relative of Wounded Girl Asks for Biracial Committee," The Associated Press, April 21, 1980.