Incident Summary:

02/10/2015: An assailant opened fire on Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha at their residence in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States. The three family members were killed in the assault. Craig Stephen Hicks was arrested and pled guilty to carrying out the attack. Sources noted that Hicks was motivated by Islamophobia.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

North Carolina

Chapel Hill

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the Summerwalk Circle area of the city.

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 Muslim Civilians: Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A .357-caliber pistol 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
Additional Information Sources originally suspected that the attack may have been the result of a parking dispute but later indicated that the attack was religiously motivated.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Muslim extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 3 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 3
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Man charged with killing 3 Muslims can face death penalty," The Associated Press, April 6, 2015.
"In Chapel Hill Shooting of 3 Muslims, a Question of Motive," The New York Times, February 11, 2015.
"State PAO: Algiers Media Digest 14-16 February 2015," OSC Summary, February 16, 2015.