Incident Summary:

10/16/2010: Shots were fired overnight at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the town of Triangle, Virginia, United States. No one was in the building at the time of the attack but the several windows were damaged. Yonathan Melaku, a Marine Corps reservist, was arrested on June 17, 2011, for an unrelated incident but was charged on June 21, 2011, for the Museum shooting and several other similar attacks in the area, including a second shooting on the National Museum of the Marine Corps, another at the Pentagon, and two at recruiting stations. Sources report that Melaku was fascinated by Al-Qa ida, but did not claim to be a member of the organization.



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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: NGO
Name of Entity United States military
Specific Description National Museum of the Marine Corps
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 $20,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Weapon Details
9 mm shell casings were found on the assailant
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 Sources provide different descriptions of the weapon used: one states it was likely a rifle, another states it was a handgun, and the third states it was a semi-automatic weapon. This is one of a series of attacks (see GTD ID 201010000002, 201010190014, 201010250026, 201011000001).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Jihadi-inspired extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
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
"Police: Bullet holes discovered in windows at national Marine Corps museum in northern Va.," Associated Press, October 19, 2010.
Devlin Barrett, "FBI charges reservist in Pentagon shootings," The Wall Street Journal, June 24, 2011.
Matthew Cella, "Suspect charged in shootings at military facilities," The Washington Times, June 24, 2011.