Incident Summary:

12/07/2014: An assailant set fire to an under-construction apartment complex in Los Angeles, California, United States. There were no casualties, but the fire caused an estimated $100 million in damage to the complex and surrounding buildings. Dawud Abdulwali claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that he carried out the attack in response to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August 2014.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Los Angeles

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Under Construction Da Vinci Apartment Complex
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Major (likely > $1 million but < $1 billion)
Value of Property Damage $100,000,000.00
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
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
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
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
"Man Convicted of Starting Massive Da Vinci Fire in Downtown L.A. Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison: DA's Office," KTLA 5 News, April 24, 2017.
"Man Pleads Guilty, Gets 15 Years In Prison For Downtown LA Apartment Fire," CBS Local Los Angeles, April 24, 2017.
"Man accused of Da Vinci apartment arson was angry about police killings of African Americans, witnesses say," Los Angeles Times, May 10, 2016.