Incident Summary:

"01/31/2017: An assailant shot and killed Scott Von Lanken, a transit security guard, near Union Station in Denver, Colorado, United States. Joshua Cummings, a Muslim extremist, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that he carried out the attack "for the pleasure of Allah." Cummings pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) after his arrest, but he claimed that the attack was not in the name of ISIL."



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at Wynkoop Plaza near Denver Union Station.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Regional Transportation District
Specific Description Security Guard: Scott Von Lanken
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A handgun 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 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 / 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
"Man Accused Of Killing RTD Guard: Actions Were 'For Pleasure Of Allah'," CBS Local Denver, February 27, 2017."
"Denver Mosque Warned Feds About Murder Suspect's Alleged Radicalization," ABC News, February 2, 2017."
"Fountain Hills Church members remember former pastor who was gunned down in Denver," FOX 10 Phoenix, February 3, 2017."