Incident Summary:

06/05/2003: Construction crews found remnants of various small fires of insulation and garbage at new stores still under development at a shopping center on East 20th Street and Forest Avenue in Chico, California in the United States. The crew members found the initials "ELF" spray painted on the passenger door of a work truck left at the site overnight, though there was no confirmation that ELF was responsible for the incident. There were no casualties reported in the incident, and the amount of damage is unknown. Authorities believed this incident was related to the arson of luxury homes in the Sterling Oaks Development in Chico two days earlier (6303).



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North America

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Location Details:
The incident occurred on East 20th Street and Forest Avenue.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity shopping center under construction
Specific Description new stores being built at shopping center at East 20th Street and Forest Avenue in Chico, CA
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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 This incident is believed to possibly be connected with the arson at the Streling Oaks Development in Chico, CA just two days earlier (6303).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Earth Liberation Front (ELF) (suspected) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators Unknown
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
Michelle MacEachern, "Another construction site unsuccessfully targeted by arsonist," Chico Enterprise-Record, June 6, 2003.