Incident Summary:

6/10/1990: Leonard William Armstrong, the head of the Tennessee White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and Damion Patton, a Skinhead, drove to the West End Synagogue in Nashville, Tennessee, United States, in the middle of the night, and Armstrong fired several shots into the Jewish temple; however, it is unknown if there were any damages.



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity West End Synagogue
Specific Description Jewish temple in Nashville Tennessee
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 Handgun
Weapon Details
tech 9mm assault pistol
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information This incident took place around 1:00 AM. Another Skinhead was accused of vandalizing the synagogue earlier in the year. Jonathan David Brown was convicted for helping Patton and Armstrong hide from authorities.
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
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, "United States of America v. Jonathan David Brown," No. 92-6546, May 11, 1995.
"Klan Head Held in Synagogue Shooting," The Lakeland Ledger, December 21, 1991.
Christopher Hewitt, "Political Violence and Terrorism in Modern America: A Chronology," Praeger Security International, 2005.