Incident Summary:

08/04/2009: Around 8:00 p.m., George Sodini entered an aerobics class at LA Fitness near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States and fired two 9mm handguns. Over the course of one minute, he killed three women and injured nine others before shooting and killing himself with a .45 caliber revolver. Sodini also carried a .32 caliber semi-automatic handgun that he did not use. In the months leading up to the attack Sodini maintained an online diary in which he indicated his resentment of women--he estimated 30 million desirable women had rejected him--and resentment of black men who "have thier [sic] choice of best white hoez [sic]." Sodini's writings include narratives that have since come to be associated with the "involuntarily celibate" (incel) movement, although he does not reference the term specifically.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Near Pittsburgh

Location Details:
Great Southern Shopping Center, 1155 Washington Pike, Collier Township, approximately 10 miles southwest of Pittsburgh.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity LA Fitness
Specific Description Women attending aerobics class
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
Sodini fired two 9 mm handguns in the attack. He killed himself with a .45 caliber revolver, and also carried a .32 semi-automatic handgun, which he did not use.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information In addition to his online diary, Sodini called his mother approximately 15 minutes before the attack to tell her he planned to "kill a bunch of people" and he "didn't expect to survive." He also left handwritten notes in his gym bag and at his home with similar messages, as well as complaints about women and their rejection of him.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Incel extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Posted to website, blog, etc.)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 4 Fatalities / 9 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 4
Number of U.S. Fatalities 4
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 9
Number of U.S. Injured 9
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Sadie Gurman, "Police discuss fitness center shootings in press conference," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 5, 2009.
Michael A. Fuoco, "Gunman fulfilled 'exit plan'; George Sodini's online diary reveals that he had contemplated his shotting rampage for 9 months and that he hated women, family," Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, August 6, 2009.
Jill King Greenwood, "Sodini called mom just before killings," Pittsburgh Tribune Review, August 7, 2009.