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South Carolina Man Arrested for Planning Attack “In The Spirit of Dylann Roof”

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McDowellBenjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, of Conway, South Carolina, was arrested Feb. 16 for attempting to commit a shooting “in the spirit of Dylann Roof,” federal authorities stated.

The 29-year-old reportedly purchased a .40 caliber handgun and ammunition from an undercover FBI agent, after previously telling the agent “I seen what Dylann Roof did, and in my heart, I reckon I got a little bit of hatred. I want to do sh*t like that.”

According to authorities, McDowell is an ex-inmate who’d developed ties to white supremacists while serving time in prison for several offenses, and he had recently been posting racist and anti-semitic remarks online.

“If you ain’t got the heart to fight for Yahweh like Dylann Roof did you need to shut the f***** up…” McDowell posted on Facebook in January, a federal complaint stated.

The next day McDowell posted that he wanted a gun, FBI officials said.

One week later, McDowell met the undercover agent at a hotel in Myrtle Beach, and was arrested after purchasing the gun and ammunition for $109.

According to authorities, McDowell had not yet decided on a place or time to conduct the attack, but he told the agent was looking for a way to conduct an attack on non-whites without getting caught.

McDowell currently faces charges for being a felon in possession of a handgun.

Dylan Roof was sentenced to death earlier this year for killing nine black parishioners at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in June 2015.

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