Incident Summary:

04/28/2017: An assailant equipped with a machete entered a cafe at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky, United States. The assailant asked customers about their political affiliation and stabbed civilians who identified as Democrats, injuring two people. The assailant also suffered self-inflicted injuries before being arrested by police. Mitchell Adkins, a right-wing extremist, claimed responsibility for the incident and had previously written an online post complaining of discrimination against conservatives on college campuses.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at the Transylvania University.

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 Democratic Party Member
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 machete and knives 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
Right-wing extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 3
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"Trump-supporting college machete attacker wrote about feeling bullied for being conservative," New York Daily News, April 28, 2017."
"Kentucky machete attack: Suspect asked campus victims about their politics, student says,", April 29, 2017."
"Two Transylvania University Students Assaulted by Man Wielding Machete,", April 28, 2017."