Incident Summary:

01/16/1982: Two members of the Ku Klux Klan, Kenneth Painter (member of the Mississippi Independent Knights of the KKK) and Larry Howard Walker, fired about 20 rounds of ammunition from carbine rifles into the office of black newspaper, Jackson Advocate, in a black business district in downtown Jackson, Mississippi, United States. No one was injured as the office was unoccupied at the time of the shooting, just after midnight, but there was minor damage to windows, office equipment and furniture. This incident had racial motivations, and came in the midst of similar shootings of black newspapers including this one in previous months. Both perpetrators were arrested for the attack.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
local newspaper office

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Journalists & Media
Name of Entity Jackson Advocate
Specific Description local black newspaper
Nationality of Target United States
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 Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
carbine 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 When Walker was arrested, police found an arsenal of weapons and ammunition including a machine gun, submachine guns, several carbines, and 1500 rounds of ammunition.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ku Klux Klan No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
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
Bill Minor, "A Black Paper and Night Riders in a Pickup Truck," The Washington Post, January 25, 1982.
"KKK Member Surrenders On Charges Of Shooting Up Black Newspaper," The Associated Press, January 22, 1982.