Mass shooting plot: Why would Samy Mohammed Hamzeh allegedly target a Masonic temple?

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MILWAUKEE -- The grand master of Wisconsin's Free and Accepted Masons said it is hard to comprehend why Samy Mohammed Hamzeh would choose to attack any Masonic temple -- let alone one that offers programs for children. The 23-year-old Milwaukee man is facing federal charges, accused of plotting a mass shooting at a Masonic temple in Milwaukee. He is accused of telling two confidential sources about his plan, visiting a shooting range, touring a Masonic temple, and then purchasing machine guns and silencers from undercover FBI agents.

Samy Mohammed Hamzeh

Samy Mohammed Hamzeh

Federal officials are not saying which Masonic temple was targeted.

However, Frank Struble, the grand master of Wisconsin's Free and Accepted Masons said the targeted temple offers tutoring for children, the only one in Milwaukee to do so. That's the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center at Van Buren and Wells.

Federal officials say Hamzeh hoped to kill 30 people in the mass shooting at the temple.

"We`re just thankful law enforcement thwarted this potential tragedy. I mean, the Masonic center that was targeted also holds a dyslexic center for children," Struble said.

Struble said the Humphrey Scottish Rite Temple is one of only three lodges in Wisconsin that offer such help. He said he has no idea why Hamzeh would target the Masons.

Humphrey Scottish Rite Temple

Humphrey Scottish Rite Temple

"A sick mind will come up with whatever it`s gonna come up with. I`m not in any position to evaluate him or where his twisted thoughts came from," Struble said.

Federal court documents allege Hamzeh told the confidential sources: "They are all Masons. They are playing with the world like a game."

"I`ve never really heard of it, to be honest," Caroline Seymour-Jorn.

Seymour-Jorn, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Middle Eastern studies professor said in her more than 30 years of studying Arabic, and after several trips to the Middle East, she has never come across any hostility toward Masons.

"No Muslim I have ever talked to in my long history of studying Arabic and traveling in the Arab-Muslim world and working with the community here in Milwaukee has ever made that connection to me," Seymour-Jorn said.

Frank Struble

Frank Struble

Struble said Hamzeh's words are confusing since the Masons are a fraternal group without any ties to any one religion.

"We`re one of the few organizations in the world that welcome men of all faiths -- including Jews, Christians, and Muslims," Struble said.

Struble said there are nearly 11,000 Masons in Wisconsin -- members of about 180 lodges.

Staff members at the Humphrey Scottish Rite Center declined to comment, referring all questions to Struble.

Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center in downtown Milwaukee

Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center in downtown Milwaukee

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  • Mark Schmidt

    Something sounds fishy ! Where did Hamzeh get the $5000.00 plus to buy two machine guns and a silencer from the undercover F.B.I.? The guy only held minimum pay part time jobs !

    • molon labe

      Mark, you are right on!! The FBI “helps” these guys too much and then the FBI looks like the best in the world….even though they created there own monster. Welcome to being awake.
      Semper FI

  • molon labe

    Because he was coached by informants. It’s kinda like COINTELPRO.
    How they get weirdo’s to create plots for them:
    Have FBI find the unstable crazies amongst the public.
    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. FBI is awesome!

  • adriana

    These terrorist scums can’t assimulate into society in the u.s. They have been brainwashed from the west bank and shouldnt be allowed to come her and take our women and drink our beer.

  • 0311 USMC Grunt, Author of Sarcasm

    Why would Samy Mohammed Hamzeh allegedly target a Masonic temple? Because his name is Muslim, thta’s what they do!!!

  • JS

    C’mon Fox 6, use your editing skills. ” also holds a dyslexic center for children”. How about “holds a center for children with dyslexia” ?
    No wonder everyone thinks you’re a joke.

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