Incident Summary:

04/23/2019: An assailant drove his vehicle into a crowd of civilians in Sunnyvale, California, United States. At least eight people were injured in the attack. Isaiah Joel Peoples was arrested in connection with the incident and authorities stated that Peoples "targeted the victims based on their race and his belief that they were of the Muslim faith."



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred at the intersection of El Camino Real and Sunnyvale Avenue.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Muslim Civilians
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
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 The victims included Rejesh Narayan, Dhiriti Narayan, Prakhar Narayan, Marina Reimler, Soeren Reimler, Ping Lu, Eric Nava, and Miguel Balbuena. Sources noted that the assailant, a US army veteran, suffered from PTSD. Casualty numbers conflict across sources. Following GTD protocol, the majority reliable estimates are reported here.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 8
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"A California man barreled his car into eight people. Police say he was targeting Muslims.," Washington Post, April 27, 2019.