SC man bought gun for Dylan Roof-style attack

Myrtle Beach (CNN) - Authorities in Horry County South Carolina say a suspected white supremacist is accused of planning a terror attack on a Jewish synagogue.

COLUMBIA, S.C. - A man authorities described as a 29-year-old white supremacist and convicted felon bought a gun from an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in SC that he said he wanted to use in "the spirit of Dylann Roof".

According to the FBI, McDowell telegraphed his intentions to attack the synagogue during a series of anti-Semitic Facebook posts in which he expressed his desire to carry out a massacre against it "in the spirit of Dylann Roof".

Dylann Roof was sentenced to death in January after being found guilty in the murder of nine African-American parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston in June of 2015.

According to the complaint, McDowell made repeated anti-Semetic social media postings that referenced, and even praised, convicted mass killer Roof, according to the complaint.

He told the agent, according to the complaint, that he was looking for a way to conduct an attack on non-whites without getting caught. "I want to do that s-", McDowell stated.

McDowell faces a charge for felon in possession of a firearm.

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".

The agent met with McDowell at a Myrtle Beach hotel and discussed obtaining a gun, saying that he didn't want it being traced back to him.

A message sent from his Facebook messenger account the next day showed a request for an "iron", a coded term for a gun. He proclaimed that he had the heart for such action "but I don't have the good training". No one answered the phone at his mother's home where he lives.

In an online rant three weeks later, he stated that Jews are parts of a plan to wipe out the Caucasian race.

"Warriors like we was born to be like Dylan roof but we gotta do it in a smart away and it takes a team." the post read. Additionally, McDowell said he would like hollow-point ammunition for the gun. Agents said he was also supposed to talk about his attack plans over lunch, but the documents don't say whether that happened. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents soon swooped in and arrested him with the gun and bullets in his possession.

  • Larry Hoffman