SC man planned attack 'in the spirit of Dylann Roof'

A SC man with white supremacist connections and an apparent admiration for Charleston, S.C., church shooter Dylann Roof was arrested Wednesday and accused of plotting an attack, not knowing he was describing his plans to an undercover Federal Bureau of Investigation employee.

He said he wanted to commit a "big scale" attack and write on the wall of a building, "In the spirit of Dylann Roof".

During ongoing communication with the undercover agent, the testimony said, it was revealed that McDowell was talking on his mother's landline and cellphone.

McDowell also wrote he would like to buy a gun, which got the undercover agent involved, Lowe wrote.

McDowell met with an undercover FBI agent on January 12 believing the agent "handled problems for the Aryan Nations", according to the federal complaint.

The complaint states that on February 15, McDowell met with the agent as planned and purchased a.40 caliber Glock, the firing pin of which had been shaved down without McDowell's knowledge, and hollow point ammunition.

"I got the heart to do that s--, but I don't have the good training", McDowell said, according to the undercover agent.

During the meeting, McDowell spoke of his frustration with "other white supremacists" who simply shouted "white power".

In the largely incoherent post, McDowell complained about white supremacists who only have tattoos but "don't give a fuck about their white race" and only want to "stay loaded on drugs" he believed were brought in by "the Jews". Federal agents then busted him in the parking lot of a Hampton Inn.

Horry County police officials indicated that McDowell had made some white supremacy extremist connections while he was serving a prison sentence, according to the court document.

Roof was sentenced to death in January after being convicted of crimes stemming from the massacre of a Bible study group at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on June 17, 2015, which left nine people dead.

He went on to say that Jews were "here to destroy the white man".

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

A previous dossier of McDowell's arrest included the man being busted for malicious injury to animals, personal property, second-degree burglary, drug possession of marijuana, along with assault and battery in the third degree. He is being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center where he is awaiting a preliminary court appearance on Tuesday.

The affidavit said McDowell asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation agent to buy him a firearm, which he could not legally possess due to a prior felony conviction.

A detention hearing is scheduled for February 21 in Florence.


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