Incident Summary:

03/01/2000: In the first of four consecutive attacks in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, United States, Ronald Taylor shot and killed maintenance worker John Kroll with a .22 caliber revolver in his apartment building around 11:15 a.m. Taylor, an anti-white extremist, had started a fire in his apartment just prior to the shooting. He proceeded to carry out a series of attacks targeting white people at nearby locations before surrendering to police. Taylor had a history of anti-white, anti-Semitic, and anti-LGBT beliefs, and reportedly suffered from mental illness. He confessed to the crimes, his insanity defense was not successsful, and he was sentenced to death in January 2002.



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Location Details:
Woodside Gardens at 1208 Wood St.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description John Kroll, 55
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 Handgun
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Weapon Details
A .22-caliber revolver legally purchased by Taylor's grandfather at a Pittsburgh gun shop in 1982.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information Although there is evidence that this series of attacks was racially motivated, this attack was preceded by a dispute between Taylor and a different maintenance worker. Taylor told police that the workers were taking too long to repair his door.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-White extremists 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
Michael A. Fuoco, "Residents remember the deadly rampage," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, February 25, 2001.
Todd Spangler, "Pa. gunman kills 2, surrenders," Associated Press Online, March 2, 2000.
Todd Spangler, "Western PA man charged with hate crime in shooting rampage. Police said they found racist writings by Ronald Taylor, who is also charged with homicide. Three white men died," The Philadelphia Inquirer (Associated Press), March 4, 2000.