Incident Summary:

06/01/2009: An assailant opened fire on soldiers outside of a military recruiting station in the Santa Fe Heights suburb of Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. One soldier, identified as William Long, was killed and a second soldier, identified as Quinton Ezeagwula, was injured in the assault. This was one of two attacks carried out by the same assailant overnight. Upon his arrest Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad stated that he had intended to kill as many military personnel as possible. He denied any affilitation with known organizations but later recanted, claiming that he was a soldier for Al-Qa ida and that the attack on the military recruiting station was "a Jihadi attack." Muhammad had spent time in Yemen, returning four months before the attack; he stated that he had wanted to form his own terrorist cell upon return to the United States.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Little Rock

Location Details:
The incident occurred at a military recruiting station in a shopping center in Santa Fe Heights, a suburban neighborhood of Little Rock.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity United States military
Specific Description William Long and Quinton I. Ezeagwula, soldiers who were outside of a military recruiting station
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Weapon Details
An SKS semi-automatic rifle
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The assailant's claim to be a soldier of Al-Qa ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has been questioned by authorities and AQAP has not claimed the attack or affiliation with the attacker. He has been found mentally competent and maintains his claim of membership in the organization.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists 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 / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Chuck Bartels, "Police: Man charged in recruiter death hoped to 'kill as many people in the Army as he could'," Associated Press, June 2, 2009.
James Dao and Steve Barnes, "Man claims terror ties in Little Rock shooting," The New York Times, January 22, 2010.
"Man charged with killing soldier at Ark. recruiting office says he wanted to start terror cell," Associated Press, May 21, 2011.