Incident Summary:

11/1/2010: Shots were fired overnight at a Coast Guard recruiting station in Woodbridge, Virginia, United States. No one was injured and the strip mall, where the station was located, suffered only minor damage. 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 Woodbridge shooting and several other similar attacks in the area, including two shootings on the National Museum of the Marine Corps, one at the Pentagon, and one at a Marine Corps recruiting station. Sources report that Melaku was fascinated by Al-Qa ida, but did not claim to be a member of the organization.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
A Coast Guard recruiting station in a strip mall in Woodbridge

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Military
Name of Entity United States Coast Guard
Specific Description A Coast Guard recruiting station in Woodbridge
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
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
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
"Gun fired at Coast Guard office; 5th time that shots target military buildings in DC area," Associated Press, November 2, 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.