Incident Summary:

03/01/2000: In the last of four consecutive attacks in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, United States, Ronald Taylor, an anti-white extremist, fired two rounds at police officers but missed, before entering the Penn West office building where he threatened personnel at the Metro Family Practice around 11:40 a.m. and held several people hostage. He was cornered by police and ultimately surrendered, concluding his series of attacks targeting white people. 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.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
901 West Street

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Metro Family Practice
Specific Description Penn West Building
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 4
US Hostages 4
Hours of Kidnapping 2
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
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) No
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 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
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.