Incident Summary:

10/28/1997: A gunman attempted to assassinate Dr. David Gandell, a physician who performed abortions, while he was at his home in Fairport, New York, United States. Authorities suspect Army of God member James Charles Kopp, who has been convicted of a similar attack that took place in 1998.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity Physician who performed abortions
Specific Description Dr. David Gandell
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Single shot fired
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Additional Information Within weeks of the incident, an abortion doctor was shot in Canada and authorities suspect that these two attacks were related (199711110006). It is also suspected that James Charles Kopp, the perpetrator who killed Dr. Barnett Slepian in Amherst, New York almost a year later, also carried out this incident (199810230001).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Army of God (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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
David Rohoe, "Sniper Attacks on Doctors Create Climate of Fear in Canada," New York Times, October 29, 1998.
"Abortion Doctor Slaying Suspect Caught," ABC News, March 29, 2001.
Lou Michel and Dan Herbeck, "Kopp Suspected in 4 Other Attacks," Buffalo News, December 30, 2002.