Incident Summary:

03/24/2019: Assailants set fire to Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque on West Sixth Avenue in Escondido, California, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack. John T. Earnest was arrested in connection with the attack and posted a manifesto espousing white supremacy on 8chan and Facebook prior to the incident. Earnest also drew graffiti at the scene that praised New Zealand mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant.



United States

North America

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Location Details:
The incident occurred along West Sixth Avenue.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Dar-ul-Arqam Mosque
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Gasoline or Alcohol
Weapon Details
A flammable liquid 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
Anti-Muslim extremists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Note left at scene)
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
"Man Accused in Poway Synagogue Shooting Charged With Murder, Hate Crimes," City News Service, April 29, 2019.
"San Diego-area synagogue shooting leaves one worshipper dead, three wounded," Japan Times, April 28, 2019.
"Fire at Escondido Mosque; Suspect Leaves Note on NZ Attacks," NBC New York, March 24, 2019.