Incident Summary:

09/14/2017: An assailant shot and killed Donald Smart 49, on the 3000 block of Alaska Street in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. The perpetrator first fired from inside a car, and then exited the vehicle and continued to fire. Kenneth James Gleason, a white extremist, was arrested and charged in connection with this attack and two similar incidents in Baton Rouge in the same week. Police believe the attacks were racially motivated. He pleaded not guilty in December 2017.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


Baton Rouge

Location Details:
The incident occurred in the 3000 block of Alaska Street.

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 Black Civilian: Donald Smart
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
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
Additional Information Gleeson was charged with two similar incidents that occurred on September 11, 2017 and September 12, 2017.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists (suspected) No
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
"Alleged Baton Rouge serial killer pleads not guilty; one victim's family believes 'justice will be served'," The Advocate (Baton Rouge), December 13, 2017.
"Neighbor of Baton Rouge man accused of killing 2 black men describes horror of shots fired at house," The Advocate (Baton Rouge), September 19, 2017.
"What we know about Kenneth Gleason, Baton Rouge man booked in killings of 2 black men," The Advocate (Baton Rouge), September 19, 2017.