A SC man with connections to a white supremacy group was arrested Wednesday for allegedly planning an attack "in the spirit of Dylann Roof".
McDowell faces charges of felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition which carries a minimum sentence of one year in prison.
The affidavit said the two met as planned and the agent provided McDowell the handgun, which had its firing pin shaved down as to make it inoperative.
McDowell also told the agent he wanted "do something on a f-ing big scale" and meant to scrawl a message on the temple's wall reading, "In the spirit of Dylann Roof", following his attack.
"I got the heart to do that sh*t, but I don't have to the good training", he allegedly said.
"I'm wanting to do this s--, and I got the heart to do this", the complaint quotes McDowell as saying. That extremism was also supported by tattoos he has, according to the complaint. "I want something where I can say, "I f****** did that" me personally".
Shortly after that post, it appears the Federal Bureau of Investigation began the sting that eventually nabbed McDowell. Roof killed nine people at a historic black church in Charleston in 2015 and was recently sentenced to death for his crimes.
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Arrest records detail McDowell's lengthy criminal history.
Court records show that since 2008, McDowell has several convictions for burglary and a conviction for assault.
McDowell established connections with the hate group White Supremacy Extremists during previous prison stints and thought the agent was a member of the Aryan Nations hate group, according to the affidavit.
McDowell on December 26 posted a message to Facebook that said, "I love love to act what u think", followed by a link to the Temple Emanu-El Conservative Synagogue in Myrtle Beach, according to the federal complaint. He followed that January 5 with a post slamming those who failed to care about their white race like Roof did.
'All they wanne do is stay loaded on drugs the Jews put here to destroy white man and they fest on the drugs (sic),' he wrote January 5, according to an arrest complaint. A day later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified a message on Facebook Instant Messenger from McDowell in which he was looking for gun, using the slang term "iron" for the weapon.
The agent, who is not identified by name in the testimony, said that McDowell complained about other white supremacists, "stating that screaming "white power" was not getting the job done'".
He went on to say that Jews were "here to destroy the white man".
"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. He also supplied McDowell $109 worth of hollow-point ammunition. Federal Bureau of Investigation agents soon swooped in and arrested him with the gun and bullets in his possession. McDowell then purchased the weapon, and agents moved in to take him into custody at a motel in Myrtle Beach.