Incident Summary:

07/27/2008: On Sunday, a man armed with a shotgun opened fire on a church congregation in Knoxville, Tennesee resulting in the death of two people, and the wounding of seven. The attack on the Unitarian church was apparently motivated by hatred for progressive social policies. The suspect was arrested for the attack.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
Specific Description The Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
A shotgun was used in the attack.
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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Liberal extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 7 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 2
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 7
Number of U.S. Injured 7
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Mansfield, Duncan, "Man Shot Churchgoers Over Liberal Views," Associated Press, July 28, 2008.
Dewan, Shaila, "Gunfire During a Youth Performance in a Tennessee Church Leaves 2 Dead," New York Times, July 28, 2008.