Incident Summary:

10/04/2001: Mark Anthony Stroman shot Vasudev Patel, a Hindu man from India, who was working at a gas station in Mesquite, Texas, United States. The assailant was armed with a .44-caliber chrome-plated pistol and initially demanded money from the register. When Patel reached for a gun under the counter, Stroman shot the man in the chest. Stroman, a white supremacist and self-described former member of Aryan Brotherhood, targeted Patel because he perceived him to be Middle Eastern and intended to retaliate for the recent al Qa'ida attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. This was the last of three armed assaults carried out by Stroman in less than three weeks. He was arrested on October 5, 2001 and ultimately convicted, sentenced, and executed on July 20, 2011.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
3021 Big Town Blvd

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Shell Gas Station
Specific Description Vasudev Patel, 49, Indian-American immigrant
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
44-caliber chrome-plated pistol
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) No
Additional Information Stroman reportedly planned at least one additional attack, targeting a mall in Dallas with automatic weapons. Patel was a naturalized U.S. citizen.
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
Bill Mears, "Texas man executed for post-9/11 murder," CNN, July 20, 2011.
Robert E. Pierre, "Victims of Hate, Now Feeling Forgotten," Washington Post, September 14, 2002.