Incident Summary:

06/22/2015: Assailants set fire to the College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church and a church van in College Hills neighborhood, Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. No casualties were reported. No group claimed responsibility for the incident.

GTD ID:
201506220069

When:
2015-06-22

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Tennessee

City:
Knoxville

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the College Hills area.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church
Specific Description Church
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 Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria, given that authorities suspected that the incident may have been an incident of vandalism unrelated to hate crime.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
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
Sources
"Fires at churches in spotlight," CNN, June 29, 2015.
"String of arson fires destroy black churches in Southern US," Islam Times, June 30, 2015.
"Feds Investigate String of Fires at Black Churches in South," Time, June 29, 2015.