Incident Summary:

04/28/2000: In the last of six consecutive attacks near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States, Richard Baumhammers shot Garry Lee with a .357 magnum handgun at C.S. Kim's School of Karate around 3:00 p.m. According to witnesses Baumhammers, a white supremacist, targeted and killed Lee because he was black. This was the final event in a series of attacks targeting Jewish, Asian, and black people before Baumhammers was apprehended by police. Baumhammers had a history of racism and religious and anti-immigrant antipathy, and reportedly suffered from mental illness. He confessed to the crimes, his insanity defense was not successsful, and he was sentenced to death in May 2001.



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North America

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Location Details:
1496 Old Brodhead Road, Center Township, Beaver County, approximately 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity C.S. Kim's School of Karate
Specific Description Garry Lee, 22
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A .357 magnum handgun
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
White supremacists/nationalists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
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
"Cold killer's 20-mile trail leaves 5 dead," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 29, 2000.
Dennis B. Roddy, "What force drove Baumhammers? History of mental illness and racist politics weigh on murder trial," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 27, 2001.
Dennis B. Roddy, "Interviews show troubled mind; Baumhammers told psychologists what he did in chilling detail," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 2, 2001.