Incident Summary:

07/04/2020: Assailants assaulted Vauhxx Booker at Lake Monroe in Bloomington, Indiana, United States. Booker, an African-American activist, was on his way to a Lunar Eclipse viewing party at the lake when he had a confrontation with the assailants, who were claiming that the victims were trespassing on private property. During the confrontation, several men grabbed Booker and pinned him against a tree and began assaulting him and threatening to break his arm. One assailant even asked another person to grab a noose. Booker was eventually freed from the assailants by his companions. In the video the assailants can be seen attacking the victim and can be heard screaming several racial slurs and denigrating the victims. Sean Purdy and Jerry Cox were arrested and charged in connection with the attack.



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North America

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Location Details:
The incident occurred at Lake Monroe.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Barricade Incident)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description African American Civilian: Vauhxx Booker
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 1
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
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) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Lack of Intentionality
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources noted the assailants were intoxicated at the time of the attack, and it was unclear whether the attack was spontaneous.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
White supremacists/nationalists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 2
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 1 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 1
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"2 men charged in assault on Black man at Indiana lake," Associated Press Newswires, July 17, 2020.
"FBI investigating alleged racist attack in Indiana, lawyer says," CNN Wire, July 8, 2020.
"'They didn't even see me as human': Black activist recounts how a group of white men attacked him and allegedly threatened to 'get a noose' at a lake in Indiana as FBI launches investigation," Mail Online, July 8, 2020.