Incident Summary:

05/30/2009: On Saturday, in Arivaca, Arizona, United States, three assailants broke into the home of Raul Flores and his family. The assailants shot and killed Flores and his nine-year-old daughter, and wounded her mother. Three people were arrested on 06/12/2009 in connection to the attack. They were identified as Shawna Forde, Jason Eugene Bush and Albert Robert Gaxiola. Ford and Bush are founding members of Minuteman American Defense, an anti-illegal immigration group. The victims of the attack were US citizens; however, authorities indicated that the attack was carried out in order to advance the goals of the group. In 2011, Forde and Bush were convicted on charges stemming from their involvement in this attack, and sentenced to death. Gaxiola was convicted and sentenced to two life terms without parole.

GTD ID:
200905300002

When:
2009-05-30

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Arizona

City:
Arivaca

Location Details:
The attack took place in Arivaca, Arizona.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity
Specific Description Raul Flores and his family
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
Unknown firearms were 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
Minutemen American Defense No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 2 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 2
Number of U.S. Fatalities 2
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sources
"Kold News, "Minuteman Leader Arrested in Arizona Double Murder," Kold News, June 13, 2009, http://www.kold.com/Global/story.asp?S=10526682&nav=14RT."
"Smith, Kim. "Arivaca man given 2 life terms in killing of dad, daughter," Arizona Daily Star, August 15, 2011"
"Arizona Daily Star, "Murder Suspects Tied to Supremacists," Arizona Daily Star, June 16, 2009, http://infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/infoWeb?p_product=NewsBank&p_theme=aggregated5&p_action=doc&p_docid=128EE68836290938&p_docnum=7&p_queryname=92."