Incident Summary:

10/23/1998: Dr. Barnett Slepian was shot in Amherst, New York, U.S.A. Slepian had been the target of anti-abortion protesters since the 1980's. James Charles Kopp was ultimately found guilty of the killing.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Abortion Related
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description Dr. Barnett Slepian
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Army of God No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Russ Mitchell, “Abortion Doctor Shot Near Buffalo, New York, is part of an International Investigation as US and Canadian Authorities World Together to Find Culprit,” CBS News, October 24, 1998.
David Goodman, “AP Top News at 9 a.m.,” The Associated Press, October 24, 1998.
Carolyn Thompson, “Sniper Kills N.Y. Abortion Provider,” The Associated Press, October 24, 1998.