Incident Summary:

02/23/2020: Assailants pursued a civilian, Ahmaud Arbery, with their trucks while he was jogging in the Satilla Shores neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia, United States. Arbery was struck by one of the trucks and in the ensuing struggle was shot and killed. Authorities identified the assailants as Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, and William Bryan. In criminal proceedings, the assailants testified that they pursued Arbery because they believed he was involved in a series of burglaries in the neighborhood. Further investigations revealed that Travis McMichael had called Arbery a racial slur during the assault and that he had previously posted threats against African Americans on social media. All three assailants were found guilty of federal hate crime charges on February 22, 2020.



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Satilla Shores neighborhood.

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 Civilian: Ahmaud Arbery
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Firearms Rifle/Shotgun (non-automatic)
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A shotgun, a .357 Magnum revolver, and a pickup truck 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
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. The McMichaels claimed that there had been a recent spate of burglaries in their neighborhood and Arbery matched the description of the burglar; however, police noted that no burglaries had been officially reported in that neighborhood during the time in question.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 3
Number of Captured Perpetrators 3
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Ahmaud Arbery was hit with a truck before he died, and his killer allegedly used a racial slur, investigator testifies," CNN Wire, June 4, 2020.
"Video posted online as DA says case of Georgia man who was chased and killed will go to grand jury," CNN Wire, May 6, 2020.
"Justice Department indicts 3 men on hate crime charges in death of Ahmaud Arbery," Denver Channel, April 28, 2021.