The twelve deadliest racially motivated spree shootings in recent US history

The following are the deadliest racially motivated spree shootings in recent American history.

It is probably true that white spree shooters, on average, kill more people than black shooters. However, blacks commit spree shootings in extreme disproportion to other races. That includes racially motivated spree shootings. As you can see, blacks make up 13% of the US population, but 83% of this list. If you think we have made a mistake, please e-mail us.

Notes: We define “deadliest” as the most fatalities. In the case of a tie, the one who inflicted the most additional injuries is considered “deadliest.”

This list does not include the Nation of Islam-inspired “Zebra Killers” of the 1970s. It also does not includes John Allen Muhammad who was a member of the Nation of Islam’s “Fruit of Islam” security force and one of the most prolific serial killers in US history. In the future, we will try to do a piece on racially motivated serial killers.

We also did not include Christopher Harper-Mercer, a Mulatto who murdered nine white people and injured seven others out of anti-Christian hatred. We also did not include any of the Jihadist spree killers. These people will be included in a future piece on spree killings motivated by religious hatred.

(9, 13) Dec 31st, 1972, Mark Essex shot three police officers, killing two. Then on January 7th, 1973 he launched a second shooting spree targeting random white people inside a New Orlean’s hotel. He killed seven more people and injured another twelve. Essex said he wanted to kill “honkies” and carried a pan-African flag with him during the shooting. He was a member of the Black Panthers and had been involved in other black militant groups in the San Fransisco area.

(9, 0) June 17, 2015, Dylan Roof shot and killed nine black people while attending a bible study at Mother Emanuel AME church in Charleston, SC. Roof said that he wanted to kill black people and sabotage American race relations. During his trial, he had his defense team sidelined because he didn’t want them to characterize him as insane. Federal prosecutors depicted Roof as being obsessed with Hollywood movies and an HBO documentary that featured neo-Nazi skinheads. When Roof was apprehended, he had a laptop with thumb drives full of video clips from movies and documentaries about skinheads. During his confession, he described his original plan to commit suicide. The plan sounded like an exact reenactment of the ending of the skinhead movie Higher Learning.

(8, 2) August 3, 2010, Omar Sheriff Thornton went on a shooting spree at the Hartford Brewery in Manchester, CT. Thornton worked at the brewery and accused his white co-workers of being racist. He shot ten and eight of them died. Right before the shooting, he falsely claimed a racist message was scratched into the bathroom wall. This alleged message was never found. Thornton called 911 and told the operator that his only regret was that he didn’t kill even more white people. Then he shot himself in the head. The owners of Hartford Brewery were a Jewish family that had financially supported charities benefiting black people.

(7, 4) December 8, 1995, Ronald James Smith, AKA Aboudima Moulika shot eleven people inside of Freddie’s Fashion Mart in Harlem, NY and then set the building on fire. Seven victims died. There had been a series of protests in front of the store. Al Sharpton, the leader of National Action Network, had sponsored the protests and attended at least one of them. Sharpton called the owners of the store “Jewish Interlopers.” Moulika attended some of these protests. During the protests, a black security guard was repeatedly berated with abuse. Moulika went into the store and ordered all black customers to leave, except for the black security guard. He shot the security guard and ten other white and Latino victims. Then he set the building on fire. Seven of the victims died either. Four men, with gunshot wounds, escaped the fire. Smith died in the fire.

(6, 19) On December 7, 1993 Colin Ferguson began shooting people on a Long Island train car. He wanted to kill as many white people as possible. Ferguson had a history of making false accusations against white people. He also advocated violent retribution against the white race for perceived grievances. His defense lawyers argued that he went temporarily insane over “black rage.” Like Dylan Roof, he ended up firing his lawyers because he didn’t want to be characterized as insane.

(6, 4) On August 5, 2012 Wade Michael Page shot six people at wounded four at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Page had associated with neo-Nazi skinheads for many years and played in multiple different skinhead bands. Page committed suicide after the shooting. While the shooting was undoubtedly racially motivated, it is not known why he specifically picked Sikhs.

(6, 1) February 7, 2008, Charles Lee “Cookie” Thornton, 52, shot seven people inside the Kirkwood, MO City Hall. Thornton routinely attended city council meetings and went on tirades about white people. On this day, he was ordered to leave City Hall. Six victims died including the mayor, two police officers, two city council members, and the public works director. A reporter was wounded by survived. The local NAACP blamed the shooting on “discrimination” by the city of Kirkwood. Some members of the local black community even praised Thornton.

(5, 11) On July 7, 2016, Micah Johnson opened fire on police officers at a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas, Texas. Johnson killed five people and injured another eleven. All of the fatalities were police officers. It was the biggest loss of police lives in a single incident since 9/11. Police eventually used a bomb disposal robot to blow up Johnson with C-4. Johnson had stated that he wanted to kill white people, especially white police officers. Johnson was a former member of the New Black Panther Party [NBPP]. Johnson attended the Nation of Islam run Mohammed Mosque No. 48 in Dallas.

(4, 3) February 3, 2013, Christopher Dorner shot seven people over a period of a few days. Four of them died. The victims were law enforcement and family members and friends of law enforcement. Dorner was a former LAPD officer who had been fired. Dorner wrote a manifesto expressing hatred for whites and Asians. He eventually was cornered inside a remote cabin. The cabin burned down with him inside it during a shootout with police. Some blacks supported Dorner. Columbia Professor Marc Lamont Hill went on CNN and said Dorner “was like a real-life superhero to many people.” Hill went on to say “it’s almost like watching Django Unchained in real life, it’s kind of exciting.”

(4, 1) April 18th, 2017, Kori Taylor AKA Kori Ali Muhammed killed three random white men and injured a fourth in Fresno, CA. Police say he was motivated by racial hatred. He espoused racial hatred and Nation of Islam theology on Facebook. He was homeless and killed a black security guard a few days earlier. He told police that after he was identified as the suspect he decided that he wanted to be known for killing white people instead of being known for killing a security guard.

(4, 0) March 21, 2009, Lovelle Mixon murdered four Oakland police officers. Three were white and one was Asian. He was eventually killed by police. The killer was motivated by racial hatred. Several black power groups openly celebrated the killings. About sixty people held a march in Oakland where he was praised as a hero. About 500 people attended his funeral, which was led by a local Nation of Islam leader.

(3, 7) October 5, 2011, Shareef Allman opened fire on his co-workers. He killed three and wounded six. Then he wounded a female jogger. He eventually killed himself. Allman was a high-profile member of the California NAACP. He had a Black Power public access tv show, in which he repeatedly interviewed Jesse Jackson. He accused his white and Latino co-workers of mistreating him.


(3, 3) July 17, 2016, Gavin Long killed three police officers and wounded three others in Baton Rouge, LA. The shooter lived in Kansas City, MO but traveled to Baton Rouge. He presumably picked Baton Rouge because of ongoing Black Lives Matter protests. Long was finally shot and killed by police. He wrote a very short anti-police manifesto that he e-mailed to a small time rapper in Ohio. Long stated that he had previously been a member of the Nation of Islam in youtube videos.

8 Comments on “The twelve deadliest racially motivated spree shootings in recent US history”

  1. Where is the DC muslim sniper on the list?

    • I address him in the notes. He is now one of the top serial killers in US history. After the DC Snipings, more murders in other parts of the country were attributed to him, but the media has basically never reported it. He is now believed to have killed 17 people and injured another 10.

      • In your future piece on serial killings, note that Radford University in Virginia keeps an Academic Database on Serial Killings by Race for every decade since the year 1900. Every decade, there have been more black serial killers per-capita than any other race and since 1990, more NOMINAL serial killings than any other race (as much as 59.8% as of 2010).

  2. Great list! Here are a few more cases that might be of interest:

    Non-exhaustive list of mass shootings and similar mass violence in the US which were inspired by anti-White beliefs or which the anti-White atmosphere of hostility to Whiteness that is fostered by anti-Whites contributed too. With a couple thrown in from other left wing persuasions (i.e. pro-homo, etc.):

    September 6, 1972: Ishmael LaBeet, Warren Ballentine, Raphael Joseph, Beaumont Gereau, and Meral Smith (Black): Known as the Fountain Valley Massacre, this mass shooting in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, which killed 8 victims, and left others wounded, was the work of 5 anti-White radicals who threw racial slurs at their White victims before robbing and killing them. There was also a possible connection to the Black Panther Party.

    February 9, 1996: Clifton McCree (Black): Black spree shooter who accused White coworkers of being “racist devils” before opening fire on them. He killed 5, and wounded another, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at his former place of employment.
    September 15, 1997: Hastings Arthur Wise (Black): Black shooter who hated and claimed White people had discriminated against him his whole life and at his job, in Aiken, South Carolina. After he was let go, he returned and opened fire killing 4, all White, including his White personnel director whom he had accused of passing him up for White employees.

    November 21, 2004: Chai Soua Vang (Asian): Asian shooter who opened fire on a group of White hunters, killing 6 and wounding 2 others, in the wilderness near Meteor, Wisconsin. He claimed that he was angry because they called him racial slurs during an altercation over a deer stand.

    November 29, 2009: Maurice Clemmons (Black): Anti-police shooter who entered a coffee shop in Lakewood, Washington State, and opened fire on four White police officers taking a break inside. All 4 were killed. He was supported by the Anti-White Black Foot Soldiers, and may have been a member of the anti-White Nation of Islam.

    July 15, 2011: Nkosi Thandiwe (Black): Anti-White Black spree shooter who had developed a raging hatred of White people through White guilt myth history lessons taught at his university. He went on a shooting spree in Atlanta, Georgia, killing one, and wounding two others, one of whom was left paralyzed.

    September 16, 2013: Aaron Alexis (Black): Black “Navy Yard” shooter, who went on a shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, in Washington, D.C. which killed 12, most of them White, and left others wounded. Although “official” motives are disputed, friends told the media after the attack that Alexis was an Obama supporter, that he believed in White discrimination against him at his job, and that “He felt a lot of discrimination and racism with white people especially.”

    Attempted killings:

    August 15, 2012: Floyd Corkins II (Mixed Race): Homosexual activist planned a shooting spree at the Family Research Center in Washington, D.C. He opened fire on a security guard who tried to stop him before he could get inside. The guard was wounded but survived, and Corkins was stopped before he could do any more damage. His rampage was possibly inspired by the SPLC listing the Family Research Center as a “Hate Group” just prior to the shooting.

    • I keep forgetting about Vang, even though I have actually written about him on this site in other places. I meant to put him on the original list and forgot. Then I forgot again when I did this update. I was one of the first people, maybe the very first to figure out that all of Thandiwe’s victims were white females and declare that he was specifically targeting young, attractive white females. It took a year for the Atlanta media to finally admit that it was racially motivated.

      The Navy Ship Yard shooting is a bit hard to establish a motive. It was not as explicitly racially motivated as the stuff on the list.

      You list four other people I did not even know about and I will look into them.

  3. How about David Burke?

    • David Burke is one of the biggest mass killers in US history. Probably 3rd after 9/11 and Oklahoma City. In the past, I have tried to find pictures of the victims. It is safe to say most of the victims were white. I think all five of the Airplane crew members were white and the only pictures I ever found of the other 40 passengers are white people. Virtually no one in America even knows this happened, even though it only happened in 1987. People are completely shocked when you tell them about it.

      Burke is not listed because there is no clear racial motive. His suicide note said he wanted to kill his supervisor.

  4. MM from Georgia | September 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm |

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