Incident Summary:

03/20/2017: An assailant stabbed Timothy Caughman with a sword in Chelsea neighborhood, New York City, United States. Caughman, an African-American civilian, was killed in the attack. James Harris Jackson, a white extremist, claimed responsibility for the incident and stated that he targeted Caughman in order to persuade white women against interracial relationships.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:

New York

New York City

Location Details:
The incident occurred in Chelsea.

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 African American Civilian: Timothy Caughman
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A sword with an 18-inch blade 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 Group Sub-name Claimed Responsibility
White extremists White supremacists 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
"White Suspect in Black Man's Killing Is Indicted on Terror Charges," The New York Times, March 27, 2017."
"White supremacist charged with terrorism after 'killing black man in practice run'," The Independent, March 28, 2017."
"White Supremacist James Harris Jackson Charged With Terrorism for Killing Black Man in NYC,", March 27, 2017."