The FBI has arrested a Milwaukee man they say was planning a mass shooting at a Masonic temple, according to local NBC affiliate WTMJ.
Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 23, was arrested Monday when he tried buying machine guns and silencers from two undercover FBI agents. According to a criminal complaint, the FBI recorded extensive conversations with two confidential sources to whom Hamzeh explained that he wanted to commit an act of domestic terrorism.
Acting U.S. Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad said that "Hamzeh devised a detailed plan to commit a mass shooting intended to kill dozens of people. He also said that he wanted this mass shooting to be 'known the world over.'"
Hamzeh went into detail to the confidential sources about how he wanted the shooting at the Masonic temple to unfold:
“One of us will stay at the door at the entrance and lock the door down. He will be at the main door down, two will get to the lift up, they will enter the room, and spray everyone in the room. The one who is standing downstairs will spray anyone he finds. We will shoot them, kill them and get out.
We will walk and walk, after a while, we will be covered as if it is cold, and we’ll take the covers off and dump them in a corner and keep on walking, as if nothing happened, as if everything is normal. But one has to stand on the door, because if no one stood at the door, people will be going in and out, if people came in from outside and found out what is going on, everything is busted.”
WTMJ later reported other significant portions of Hamzeh's rants in the FBI recordings:
"We want two machine guns, you now have one, so we want two more, and we need three silencers, that's it. Find out how much all together these will cost, then we will march."
"We will shoot them, kill them and get out. We will walk and walk, after a while, we will be covered as if it is cold, and we'll take the covers off and dump them in a corner and keep on walking, as if nothing happened, as if everything is normal."
"I am telling you, if this hit is executed, it will be known all over the world...Sure, all over the world, all the Mujahedeen will be talking and they will be proud of us, what is wrong with you, such operations will increase in America, when they hear about it. The people will be scared and the operations will increase...this will lead to people clashing with each other. This way we will be igniting it."
"We are Muslims, defending Muslim religion, we are on our own, my dear, we have organized our own group. We have our own group, not with Hamas, not with my ass, we are here defending Islam, young people together join to defend Islam, that's it, that is what our intention is."
"Thirty is excellent. If I got out, after killing thirty people, I will be happy 100%....100% happy, because these 30 will terrify the world. The m********** will know that nobody can play with Muslims."