Milwaukee Man Arrested For Allegedly Planning Masonic Temple Attack
A 23-year-old Milwaukee man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly planning to carry out an attack on a Masonic temple, NBC News reports.
According to prosecutors, Samy Mohamed Hamzeh was charged with the unlawful purchase and possession of firearms, as well as the possession of an illegal machine gun.
The FBI arranged a fake buy for the weapons after informants notified the agency of Hamzeh's plans to target and attack a local Masonic temple.
The FBI first began investigating Hamzeh in September. In October, an informant reported Hamzeh was planning to travel to the West Bank and kill Israeli citizens. He soon, however, abandoned that plan and decided to stage a domestic attack instead.
Speaking with an informant of his plans to attack the temple, Hamzeh said,
Hamzeh identifies as a Muslim, saying his attack was a means to “defend Muslim religion"; however, he is not affiliated with any known terror groups.
In a statement, acting US Attorney Gregory J. Haanstad said,
If the attack was carried out, it would have been the second mass shooting to hit the Milwaukee area in less than four years.
In 2012, a white supremacist named Wade Michael Page shot and killed six people at a Sikh temple in nearby Oak Creek.