Mass shooting plot: FBI arrests Milwaukee man accused of planning attack at Masonic temple

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MILWAUKEE -- FBI officials announced on Tuesday, January 26th that Milwaukee resident Samy Mohammed Hamzeh, 23, has been charged with possessing machine guns and a silencer.

Samy Mohammed Hamzeh

Samy Mohammed Hamzeh

According to the criminal complaint, Hamzeh had been under investigation since September 2015. The investigation revealed that, in October 2015, Hamzeh planned to travel to Jordan, enter the West Bank, and conduct an attack on Israeli soldiers and citizens living in the West Bank. Hamzeh later abandoned those plans and began to focus on conducting an attack in the United States.

According to the criminal complaint, Hamzeh has engaged in extensive conversations with two confidential sources (referred to here as CS-1 and CS-2). Those conversations, which were in Arabic, were monitored, recorded, and translated by the FBI beginning in October 2015.

During those recorded conversations, Hamzeh explained that he wanted to commit a domestic act of violence and, earlier this month, he settled on a Masonic temple in Milwaukee as his target.

On January 19, 2016, Hamzeh, CS-1 and CS-2 went to a shooting range, and then took a guided tour of the Masonic temple, during which they learned meeting schedules and where people would be located during meetings. In a recorded conversation after they left the temple, Hamzeh, discussed his plans with CS-1 and CS-2. In that conversation, Hamzeh reaffirmed his intention to commit an armed attack on the temple and discussed in further detail how they would carry out the attack.

Who are the Masons?

Who are the Masons?

Hamzeh said that they would need two machine guns so that they each would have one (Hamzeh indicated that one CS already had a machine gun), and also said that they would need three silencers:

  • “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, and then we will march.”
  • “We want two, like the machine gun you have. . . . And we need silencers. . . . Three, yes three silencers, and that’s it.”
  • “. . . each one has a weapon, each one has a silencer gun, the operation will be one hundred percent successful. I am telling you, to go without silencer gun, you will be exposed from the beginning.”
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Hamzeh also explained to CS1 and CS2 that, when they executed the attack at the temple, one of the three of them would have to stay at the main door while the others went upstairs to kill the people who would be meeting there:

  • “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.”
  • “As long as the one on the door understands he has bigger responsibility than the others. For your information, he has to take care of everyone around him, the comers and the one that wants to go, he has to annihilate everyone, there is no one left, I mean when we go into a room, we will be killing everyone, that’s it, this is our duty, as for the one at the door, he must have 20/20 eye vision and always alert for all the traffic around him.”
  • “I am telling you, as I was saying, all three of us get in together, one will go, to the one that is staying at the reception . . . . If she was alone, it is okay, if there were two of them, shoot both of them, do not let the blood show, shoot her from the bottom, two or three shots in her stomach and let her sit on the chair and push her to the front, as if she is sleeping, did you understand? Then stay downstairs, the other two will take the lift to the third floor, go directly to the room, open the door, shoot everyone, move fast even avoiding the lift and take the stairs running down. . . . Using the stairs, the third one on the door will notice us coming down, we will go out together. No one sees anything and no one knows anything. We leave, as if there is nothing, no running, no panic, just regular walking. We’ll get three head covers with three holes in them. . . . we’ll get in all three of us together, the minute we get in, we shoot whoever is in front of us, and all have to be eliminated. One stays down and two will go up quickly.
  • “And we will eliminate everyone.”

Hamzeh also explained what his objectives were in committing the attack:

  • “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. . . such operations will increase in America, when they hear about it. The people will be scared and the operations will increase, and there will be problems all over, because more than one problem took place, and this will be the third problem, this will lead to people clashing with each other. This way we will be igniting it. I mean we are marching at the front of the war.”
  • “They are all Masonic; they are playing with the world like a game, man, and we are like asses, we don’t know what is going on, these are the ones who are fighting, these are the ones that needs to be killed, not the Shi’iat, because these are the ones who are against us, these are the ones who are making living for us like hell.”
  • “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.”

FBIHamzeh made plans to purchase machine guns and silencers from two individuals who, unbeknownst to Hamzeh, were undercover FBI agents. He met with them, along with CS-1 and CS-2, on January 25, 2016. The undercover agents displayed the weapons and a silencer to Hamzeh, told him that the weapons were capable of automatic fire, and explained to him the functioning of the selector switch that allowed the weapons to fire automatically. Hamzeh agreed to a price and paid it to the undercover agents, who then handed Hamzeh a bag containing two automatic weapons and a silencer. Hamzeh carried the bag to the vehicle in which he had traveled to the meeting, and he placed the bag in the trunk of the vehicle. He then was arrested and has been charged with illegally possessing machine guns.

Acting United States Attorney Gregory Haanstad said in a news release:

“Samy Mohammed 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’ and to ‘ignite’ broader clashes. It is difficult to calculate the injury and loss of life that was prevented by concerned citizens coming forward and by the tireless efforts of the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force.”

Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Robert Shields said the following:

“The arrest of Samy Mohammed Hamzeh is the result of a well-coordinated undercover law enforcement action, at no time was the public’s safety placed in jeopardy. I would like to commend the efforts of the Joint Terrorism Task Force which includes our local and state law enforcement partners in thwarting an attack that could have resulted in significant injury and /or loss of life.”

READ IT: Criminal complaint filed against Samy Mohammed Hamzeh


  • andromeda673

    This is clearly the NRA’s fault. Oh and George Bush, and of course anyone who has ever shot a fire arm before.

  • Sherman Morton

    Don’t be so naive. . How many mass shooting have been perpetrated v6 Christians??. No one is saying Christianity is a hate religion.. blame the people not the religion..

    • Opinion8d

      @Sherman – yeah, crimes and shooting have been perpetrated by Christians….however, they don’t do it in the NAME of Christianity. This guy was planning on doing it for the sole purpose of ISLAM!

    • Ben

      Islam is not a religion in the eyes of many. When you preach death and destruction, you belong to a cult and not a religion.

  • Ummmmmm

    Fake? Da h are you talking about man? They aren’t just gonna publish a completely false news report. They aren’t Brian Williams for cryin out loud. Go put your tin foil hat back on.

    • Brad R.

      Agreed, a big thanks to the Milwaukee FBI for stopping this horrid attack. Just reading through his transcripts makes me feel sick to my stomach at the atrocities which may have happened.

      • striker

        All the FBI wanted was to look awesome in front of everyone!! Ya know, they plan some of these things. Control through Fear. Sometimes you use fear to train a dog, even a child. The Elites are our parents. WE the PEOPLE are the kids. Raise your hand if you do not understand this dynamic. Yes it’s been happening for ages.
        Control through Fear. Sometimes you use fear to train a dog, even a child. The Elites are our parents. WE the PEOPLE are the kids. Raise your hand if you do not understand this dynamic. Yes it’s been happening for ages. Yes it’s F’kt up! Wake up and arm yourself while you can, tell the truth and don’t fall victim to the greedy scum bags that rule this earth. Stand up for the REAL America, LIFE, LIBERTY, Real TRUE American Patriots should continue to denounce the scripted Main Stream Media and continue to learn about our shadow gov’t.

    • striker

      It’s kinda like COINTELPRO.
      How they get weirdo’s to do stuff for them:
      Have FBI:
      1. Find some crazies..Islamic or black/brown preferred, give them drugs with or without them knowing, like Pill Cosby.
      2. Tell them when and where to commit their crazy sht, while partying with them etc etc…do drugs
      3. Give them new weapons and a bunch a ammo, some weekend before a grill out….after you give them more drugs
      4. hype them up psychologically to follow through with their “goal”…each time you see them….give them a “chill pill”
      noun: Islamophobia
      dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force.
      “Let the fear flow through you” goooooood, goooooood be scared of ALL Muslims…..Gooood.
      Another FBI aided shooting foiled again by the FBI!! lolz

  • Neo Pneumatic

    “This is an Arabic man trying to commit a mass shooting against innocent Muslims”

    REALLY?! Are you being sarcastic or are you really THAT stupid?? A Masonic Tempe. Masonic. As in Masons. Masons are NOT Muslims you ignoramous!

  • kevin smith

    Wow, where do I start? First, one doesn’t need a college education to do something with their life. An educated moron is still a moron. Take you, for example. You misspelled the word “extremist”, you misused the word “extremist” when you should have used “extremism”, two of your sentences are not sentences, your punctuation is atrocious and nowhere in this article does it refer to “innocent Muslims.” It refers to people at the Masonic Lodge, which could be people of any faith according to the rules of the Masonic Lodge. You sir, are the moron here, educated or not.

  • Al P

    How my years are you going to blame Bush Angel? I don’t think life works that way. If it does and we win all we have to do is blame Obama for everything that goes wrong for the next eight years. I will hold my President accountable right out of the gate, perhaps you liberals ought to try that instead of hiding behind the LAMESTREAM media.

  • Opinion8d

    First off, he was planning this in support of ISLAM -he actually is quoted as saying that.

    The main point though is that Neither Obama or Hillary or hardly any Democrat will call it Islamic Terrorism. If you don’t have the guts to say what it is, then you’re not going to be successful in dealing with it. Instead the Democrats wish to apologize for the way we American’s live. It’s nice you are able to enjoy the prosperity and freedoms that America represents and offers, and yet someone thing we are to blame.

  • Libsareliars

    So you are saying if we had done nothing at all Angel after 9/11 the terrorists would have apologized and stop killing people? Really? Are that naive and stupid that you cannot comprehend what radical Muslims want to do??

  • Libsareliars

    Hey idiot we are still losing American lives in Afghanistan. Yes even 8 years into the administration . Why don’t you hear about it that much? It is because the media does not want to report on it now that Bush is no longer in office.

  • Godfather

    I say this, he must be executed for being a coward.. He comes to our country like other terrorist animals, takes alcohol and prostitute and for that he cannot be a real man. A man that thinks an attack on innocents should be executed immediately upon conviction by heavy duty 50 caliber desert eagle to swipe that moronic smirk off his face. Now back to my tomato plants..

  • Jackie

    Dude. go back to elementary school and get an education. Your mama’s loving hands didn’t help your I.Q. any.

  • chris

    I’m sure he passed Obamas background check. That’s why speaking as a veteran with experience with these people I say the only way to deal with these vermin is extermination.

    • Joe

      So true, yet they get to sit in prison and make more money then the average american by having health care, dental, food, housing, etc. Sickening. Hope hes found dead in prison.

  • wth

    murderous terrorist beast. Who is he to take other lives in the name of his false prophet. Wake up coexist bumper sticker prius driving liberals with your safe spaces and vote for conservatives from now on.

  • Joe

    Samy Mohammed Hamzeh you are nothing but a coward. I’d kill you with my bare hands if i ever had the chance to. Now he gets to make more money then the average American by sitting in prison being taken care of, food, health care, etc etc. Honestly, would it be so wrong to execute him? Let him out in a few years so he can be successful that time around? Sickening.

    • richard cranium

      yeah well he is going to get to take an unlubed allah up his koran chute several times a day. i’d rather work at my sucky job than take it up the hershey highway like this diaper head. he doesn’t know what he’s in for.

    • Opinion8d

      Let’s remember that this fine young man came to this country in search of opportunity. Unfortunately, the gun culture and religious bigotry that the US represents has forced this peaceful man into standing up for his religious freedoms.-something Obama would say! Followed by – ‘We need more gun control and understanding for these people. Islam is a peaceful religion and we shouldn’t just to conclusions.’

  • Opinion8d

    The biggest disrespect to those who lost their life was the fact that Obama pulled out of Iraq. We built a large base, that could have been a permanent base to offer long term security to the Iraqi people and act as a deterrence to Iran, Syria and other hostile governments in the region. ISIS would not have been able to expand and we would be in a position to LEAD. Obama left Iraq due to his inexperience and inability to understand geopolitical strategy!!

  • Willem Reese

    Well, at least we can be sure he had the correct license and tax stamps for the automatic weapons and silencer! Because that’s the law, and more firearms laws are going to make us all that much safer from these people, right?

    • Steven Broomhead, Sr

      But William, he bought from a non-dealer. The liberals don’t realize that criminals can buy drugs from some place other than a pharmacy… I mean, guns from some place other than a registered dealer. But I agree with you, more gun laws will make us safer.

  • Greg Kirkwood

    I commend the investigation and work of the FBI and the Anti Terrorism Task Force.
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK…you are heroes!!!

  • theNewDanger

    FALSE FLAG foiled on the same day as another failed operation at San Diego Naval Medical Center. These events and storylines are carefully orchestrated in order to accomplish total gun control by the central banking elite. They have sought to create crises that will influence the populace to their knees to beg the state for security. For providing security, the state will demand a pound of flesh and then some, as if it hadn’t created the false flag psyops to begin with. Operation Gladio B is being repatriated. Smarten up, people. US Dept. of Education = indoctrination. MSM = indoctrination. “Official sources” = indoctrination.

    Do your own research and defend your HUMAN right to defend yourselves. The government’s fiction is that they can barely protect their own bases and hospitals. Why the hell should we yield our HUMAN right to defend ourselves when Dulles’ descendant national security state can only be depended upon to violate our rights for the benefit of the international order that Obama and all previous presidents since Teddy Roosevelt have been documented as being determined to impose upon us? A disarmed populace is ripe for losing its sovereignty. Both political parties are selling us out and using the media to buffer us from the truth.

  • Opinion8d

    I see Fox6 is participating in the ‘free speech’ censorship once again……..Now I see the MSM is twisting the story to focus on a Masonic attack versus this guy being a Islamic terrorist. Does it matter what the target is if he’s doing it in the name of Islam??!?! No it does not – report it for what it is and don’t mislead!

  • Joe

    Curiosity question…but a serious question…why was he *only* charged with firearms violations? Don’t the anti-terrorist statues cover actively planning a massacre?

    • Noel Wenrich

      Because this Administration will never call anything done by practicing “Radical” Muslims terrorist activity. Especially if it is an immigrant committing the crime. Remember Fort Hood was an case of “Workplace Violence” not an attack by a Muslim Radical Terrorist!

  • Angry Dad

    We need some mob justice delivered to this POS. It should be very violent, very slow, very public and very painful). This POS needs to die. Sorry, no PC solution to this… only final solution. It would be a great honor to kill this demon.

  • Fred

    Any person convicted of Terrorist Activity should be sentenced to execution by firing squad…immediately after sentencing. No appeals, no prison time (because now Obama thinks solitary confinement is cruel). Just kill the POS like he was going to do to us.

  • grunt

    Will Netflix do a “documentary” showing that he was set up?
    Will a bunch of delusional losers protest?
    Will his lawyers try to scam people by charging $45 to hear them speak at the Riverside?

  • Liberty

    This is just the beginning. Obama is bringing in thousands just like him and trying to take away our guns. Some future for our kids!

  • The One

    Thank you Mr. Obama. Please bring more terrorists posing a refugees into our country. Like the FBI needs and more overtime you tool!

  • Jim Guida

    I have every confidence that not a single one of you haters posting is a Masonic brother. Yes, this evil person should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and thank God for the FBI in stopping this heinous plot. Every other comment is pure hate and politics. I implore all the men posting to seek out Masonic brotherhood for an enlightened path to being a better man. All faiths are welcome.

    • Noel Wenrich

      So quick to label everyone who disagrees with you a “hater” I happen to be a Past Master ( So you lose that bet. I am not a Hater I am opposed to the inept way that these people are screened and this Administrations refusal to label Terrorist acts as terrorism. I am sorry that you cannot see the President and his entire foreign policy is a dismal failure. There is a common thread connecting the vast majority of the terrorist acts in the world today, but we can’t screen people based on that common thread. It would be profiling and that is evil according to Liberals, never mind that is exactly where we should be focusing our limited resources.To suggest those that share that common thread should receive more scrutiny based on that common thread is also verboten! Never mind the reality of what is happening in the world today. We have Muslim men in our Lodge one came from Iraq he was a translator for the military and his entire family was marked for death by the extremists. Of course his opinion that we should be focusing and be looking very hard at those who share that common bond and want enter the country must make him a Hater and Islamophobe also. While there are Haters out there, to label everyone who thinks this man and every terrorist should be executed is just the same stereotyping you are accusing them of..

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