(MILWAUKEE) — The FBI has arrested a 23-year-old Wisconsin man for allegedly plotting a mass shooting at a Masonic center in Milwaukee.
The FBI was alerted to Samy Mohamed Hamzeh in September, when he was formulating a plan to attack Israeli soldiers and citizens living in the West Bank, according to FBI officials. Hamzeh, however, abandoned those plans when he realized it wasn’t practical for him to make the journey. He then shifted his focus to organizing an attack inside the U.S., the FBI said in charging documents.
FBI informants began exchanging communications with Hamzeh, even allegedly going with him to a firing range last week. Hamzeh and the informants also took a tour of a Masonic temple and discussed plans to acquire more weapons for an attack, according to the FBI.
The plan called for one them to lock the front doors while others went into a room inside and “spray[ed] everyone in the room,” charging documents said.
“We will shoot them, kill them and get out,” Hamzeh allegedly told the informants in one recorded conversation. “And we will eliminate everyone.”
Hamzeh allegedly continued: “I am telling you, if this hit is executed, it will be known all over the world. Sure, all over the world, all the Mujahedeen will be talking and they will be proud of us…such operations will increase in America, when they hear about it.”
Hamzeh said he would be “happy 100 percent” if he could kill 30 people “because 30 will terrify the world. [They] will know that nobody can play with Muslims,” according to the charging documents.
Hamzeh was arrested yesterday when meeting with two undercover FBI agents for what Hamzeh thought would be a weapons purchase.
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