Incident Summary:

05/19/2017: An assailant, identified as Devon Arthurs, held three people hostage at Green Planet Smoke Shop in Tampa, Florida, United States. Police arrived at the shop several minutes later, after which one hostage escaped and Arthurs released the remaining two hostages unharmed. This was one of two attacks by Arthurs on the same day. Arthurs, who had previously identified as a member of the neo-Nazi Atomwaffen Division, claimed responsibility for the incident and made statements during the attack that he was frustrated about global anti-Muslim sentiment and United States airstrikes in the Muslim world.

GTD ID:
201705190058

When:
2017-05-19

Country:
United States

Region:
North America

Province/administrative
region/u.s. state:

Florida

City:
Tampa

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Green Planet Smoke Shop
Specific Description Shop
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 3
Hours of Kidnapping 1
Outcome Combination
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A black semiautomatic pistol was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim 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 / 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
"How an 18-year-old gamer went from neo-Nazi to Muslim to alleged killer," VICE News, May 25, 2017."
"Police: Florida suspect killed neo-Nazi roommates to stop terrorism," UPI, May 23, 2017."
"'Neo-Nazi' aimed to hit Turkey Point nuclear plant, Tampa murder suspect tells police," Miami Herald, June 14, 2017."