Incident Summary:

03/10/2020: An assailant drove his vehicle into a church serving as a polling station at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. The assailant then poured water and bleach on voting machines and a polling official and threatened voters. There were no reported casualties in the attack. James Rowell claimed responsibility for the incident and stated “Ain’t nobody voting here today! I have the ability to kill everyone!”



United States

North America

region/u.s. state:


St. Louis

Location Details:
The incident occurred along Dr. Martin Luther King drive.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Election Assistance Commission
Specific Description Polling Station
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
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Sabotage Equipment
Weapon Details
A pickup truck and bleach 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
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown 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 / 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
"STL polling place relocated after man backs car into building, threatens to kill workers," St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 11, 2020.