The FBI has arrested a white supremacist in Myrtle Beach Wednesday after purchasing a gun from an undercover FBI agent, apparently intending to carry out a Dylann Roof-style massacre against a South Carolina synagogue, WMBF reported.
According to court documents, Benjamin McDowell, 29, from Conway, S.C., telegraphed his intentions to attack the synagogue during a series of anti-Semitic Facebook posts in December and January, followed by a link to the Temple Emanu-El Conservative Synagogue in Myrtle Beach.
He added: “They should be Feasting on the enemy that stole their Heritage and their bloodline and trying to run us off of this Earth you can post
pictures of f****** Viking and swords all the s*** you want to post if you ain’t got the heart to fight for Yahweh like dylann roof did you need to shut the f*** up…”
Horry County Police informed the FBI that McDowell had White Supremacy Extremist connections from his time in prison and also had tattoos indicating an affiliation with these extremist groups.
In January, McDowell told the undercover FBI agent that he wanted to attack a synagogue, but was concerned that he didn’t have the proper training to carry out a successful attack like Roof did when he murdered nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C, reports WMBF.
McDowell went on to say that “I got the heart to do that s***, but I don’t have the good training,” the document states. He told the agent he sought a way to conduct an attack on non-whites without getting caught. He continued: “I seen what Dylann Roof did and in my heart I reckon I got a little bit of hatred and I..I want to do that s***. Like, I got desire, not for nobody else…it just…I want something where i can say, ‘I f****** did that’…me personally.”
He also discussed his beliefs in white power and indicated a hatred for non-whites. He continued: “If I could do something on a f****** big scale and write on the f****** building or whatever, ‘In the spirit of Dylann Roof.’” McDowell told the officer he had not decided on a place or time to conduct the attack.
The next day, McDowell requested in a phone call with the agent a .40 caliber handgun to conduct an attack on an unknown location outside the county where he lived, the complaint states.
After another racist Facebook post and more conversations with the agent, McDowell planned to meet again in person to discuss the plan for the attack, according to the document.
The complaint states that on February 15, McDowell met with the agent as planned and purchased a .40 caliber Glock, the firing pin of which had been shaved down without McDowell’s knowledge, and hollow point ammunition.
Later that same day, agents saw McDowell holding a bag in the parking lot of the Hampton Inn in Myrtle Beach, and he was arrested and searched, the document states. Agents found a marijuana cigarette, a cell phone, the handgun and the ammunition.