Incident Summary:

12/20/2018: An assailant armed with a gun and spare magazine attacked two men laying concrete in a nearby driveway after returning to the area where the men previously had verbal altercation in Reisterstown, Baltimore County, Maryland, United States. One of the workers and the assailant were injured in the attack. During the attack, the assailant harassed the workers, repeatedly saying “go back to Africa” and “‘the n-word’.” The assailant was identified as Brandon Higgs and arrested shortly after the incident. Higgs had been involved with neo-Nazi groups and had a tattoo of a white nationalist symbol. Higgs was found guilty on several charges, including hate crimes, on September 23, 2020 and sentenced to 25 years in prison.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in along the 300 block of Bryanstone road.

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 Civilians: Elvis Smith, Robert Peete
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
Weapon Details
A pistol 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 Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 2
Number of Perpetrators Injured 1
"Maryland man sentenced for shooting deemed a hate crime," Associated Press Newswires, September 24, 2020.