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.