Incident Summary:

3/16/1985: Shane Cameron threw a Molotov cocktail into the Birth Control Institute in San Diego, California, United States. There were no casualties but the building sustained $10,000 in damages.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


San Diego

Location Details:
Through lobby window

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity
Specific Description The Birth Control Institute
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 $10,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Molotov Cocktail/Petrol Bomb
Weapon Details
Molotov cocktail
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information The incident occurred at 10:25 PM. The same clinic was firebombed seven months earlier (198409130009).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Abortion extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
Dennis Cushman, "In Firebombing Aftermath All-Night Vigils Begin at Birth Control Clinic," Los Angeles Times, March 20, 1985.
Jeffrey Miller, "Firebomb: Suspect Is Arrested Man Held in Firebombing of Abortion Clinic," Los Angeles Times, March 30, 1985.
Jenifer Warren, "Birth Control Institute Firebombed a Second Time," Los Angeles Times, March 18, 1985.