Incident Summary:

04/24/2019: An assailant drove his vehicle into a Raytheon building before setting it on fire in Kearny Mesa, San Diego, California, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack, but the building was damaged. This was one of two related attacks carried out by the assailant on this day. Daniel Hector Mackinnon was arrested the next day when he attempted to return to the United States from Mexico. Sources noted that the building was targeted "based on the nature of the business and/or their professional/political ties.” Mackinnon plead guilty to one count of malicious damage to building by means of fire and was sentenced to seven years in prison for “politically motivated arsons.”



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


San Diego

Location Details:
The incident occurred at 8650 Balboa Ave.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Raytheon Integrated Defense
Specific Description Defense Contractor Complex
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
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
Gasoline and a Toyota Prius were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
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 sentenced for trying to burn defense contractor building," Associated Press Newswires, November 5, 2019.
"San Diego Man Sentenced to Seven Years for Politically Motivated Arsons," Department of Justice Documents, November 5, 2019.