Incident Summary:

07/07/2016: An assailant opened fire on police officers and civilians in Bristol, Tennessee, United States. One person was killed and four others, including a police officer and the assailant, were injured in the attack. Lakeem Keon Scott claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that he carried out the attack because he was upset with the deaths of African Americans by authorities in Louisiana and Minnesota. Additionally, witnesses reported Scott shouting, "Police suck! Black lives matter!" during the attack.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Tennessee State Police
Specific Description Officers
Nationality of Target United States
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
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
Firearms Automatic Weapon
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
An AR-15 and a .45-caliber pistol were 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
Anti-Police extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 4 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 4
Number of U.S. Injured 4
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"Before Dallas, another shooting targeting police," CNN, July 8, 2016.
"Cops targeted in attacks in several states," New York Post, July 8, 2016.
"Tennessee shooter may have been motivated by recent police shootings," CBS News, July 8, 2016.