Incident Summary:

08/10/1999: A gunman armed with a submachine gun opened fire in the lobby of the North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills, California, U.S.A., injuring five people. Buford O'Neal Furrow Jr. surrendered to authorities in Las Vegas, Nevada and reportedly told police authorities that he intended the attack as "a wake-up call to America to kill Jews."



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Granada Hills

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Judaism
Specific Description The North Valley Jewish Community Center in Granada Hills, California
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
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
Aryan Nation Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 5 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 5
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Child critically injured in LA shooting,” The Irish Times, August 11, 1999.
Linda Gorov, “LA shooting suspect tied to supremacists,” The Boston Globe, August 12, 1999.
Chelsea Charter, “Shooting Unites Religious Groups,” The Associated Press, August 15, 1999.