Incident Summary:

10/3/2002: Steve Kim fired seven shots at the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, New York, United States. Four bullets hit the building between the eighteenth and twentieth floors. There were no casualties but windows were shattered. Immediately, after the shooting, Kim released a flier portraying the horrors of life in North Korea and called for the United Nations to end the Kim Jong-Il regime.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (Diplomatic)
Name of Entity United Nations
Specific Description United Nations Secretariat Building
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
Weapon Details
Silver colored .357 caliber revolver
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 The shooting took place at 1:10 PM. Steve Kim was detained almost immediately after firing his weapon.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Kim Jong-il 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
Larry Neumeister, "Judge: Stern Leniency for Postal Worker in U.N. Gunfire," Associated Press, September 22, 2003.
"Gun Fired at U.N.; No Injuries Reported," USA Today, October 3, 2002.
"No One Hurt as Gunman Fires Shots in the Air Outside UN Building in New York," UN News Centre, October 3, 2002.