Incident Summary:

10/22/2017: An assailant breached a secure area of an Amtrak passenger train, travelling from California to Missouri and triggered an emergency stop in Oxford, Nebraska, United States. There were no reported casualties, and the assailant, identified as Taylor Michael Wilson, was detained by Amtrak personnel. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities stated that Wilson possessed neo-Nazi literature and had previously expressed an interest in "killing black people."



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred near the Amtrak railway.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Transportation
Name of Entity National Railroad Passenger Corporation (AMTRAK)
Specific Description Train
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Weapon Details
A .38-caliber handgun and a knife 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
White supremacists/nationalists No
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
"Feds add gun charges to St. Charles man facing terrorism charges in Nebraska Amtrak incident," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 1, 2018.
"St. Charles man indicted on two terrorism charges in Nebraska Amtrak incident," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 18, 2018.
"FBI accuses white supremacist of terror attack on Amtrak train in rural Nebraska," Lincoln Journal Star, January 4, 2018.