Incident Summary:

12/18/2014: An assailant shot and killed John Bailey Clark Jr. and buried him in a grave outside his residence in Morganton, North Carolina, United States. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, sources attributed the attack to an individual, identified as Justin Nojan Sullivan. Sources posited that Sullivan, who was arrested in connection to the attack, targeted John Bailey Clark Jr. in order to steal money from the victim, so he could purchase a rifle to carry out an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) inspired attack.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

North Carolina


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian: John Bailey Clark Jr.
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Weapon Details
A rifle was used in the attack.
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 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"North Carolina teen charged in ISIS-inspired plot to murder 1,000 people now indicted for murdering neighbor," New York Daily News, February 1, 2016.
"Prosecutors: Islamic State Inspired N. Carolina Man's Plan - ABC News," ABC News, February 1, 2016.
"North Carolina teen, accused of supporting ISIS, indicted in man's killing," Fox 8, NC, February 1, 2016.