South Carolina Man Planned Shooting 'In The Spirit Of Dylann Roof'

Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell

- Federal agents arrested a man Wednesday who they say wanted to use a gun in an attack "in the spirit of Dylann Roof", reports CBS affiliate WBTW. The man is a recently released ex-convict that built bonds with groups tied to white supremacist ideologies as he served his prison sentences for various offenses. He posted a message on Facebook on January 5 griping about supremacists who liked to post pictures of Vikings and swords but lacked "the heart to fight for Yaweh like dylann roof", the complaint stated. "It was during that meeting that he mentioned wanting to" Do something on a f****** big scale and write on the f****** building or whatever, 'In the spirit of Dylann Roof'".

The Temple Emanu-El Conservative Synagogue in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Like Roof, McDowell reportedly expressed frustration with other white supremacists who were unwilling to take action against "ungodly people" who he believed were out to the destroy the white race, the complaint stated.

McDowell had been ranting online about his desire to commit an attack, and targeted much of his hatred at Jews.

In another alleged conversation, McDowell allegedly said "I just be plotting it out, like, I mean you just run up there on them if they back there partying, and all, with a f****** AK and rip them sumbitches down, and throw, a damn, something at them".

McDowell was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and/or ammunition.

"McDowell indicated he sought a way to conduct an attack on non-whites without getting caught", the documents said.

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McDowell's criminal record goes back to 2006 and includes multiple convictions for burglary and assault and battery, as well as assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

A review of Facebook instant messenger revealed that the following day, McDowell requested an "iron", which is a code word for gun, the complaint states.

"Dylann roof did what these tattoos wearing so badass is supposed to be doing they don't give a (expletive) about their white race", McDowell wrote on Facebook on January 5, according to the complaint.

The agent also allegedly agreed to pick McDowell up at his mother's house, then drive to his grandfather's home where he planned to borrow money to buy the gun.

Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, 29, from Conway, was arrested at around 5 p.m. Wednesday by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, according to records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Upon giving the undercover federal agent, $109, McDowell who unbeknownst to him had been handed a malfunctioning weapon, was arrested as he made his way to a parking lot of a Hampton Inn.

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