A New York man was indicted in federal court this week after a FBI anti-terrorism task force caught him attempting to buy fully automatic machine guns with which he planned to “execute” minorities. The teen had reportedly assembled a posse — or “hit squad” — who planned to kill Jewish and black people. According to the Times Union, the group also planned on “destroying the government.”
The investigation into Shane Robert Smith began in May 2014 when he sent an email to a Switzerland-based message service seeking to buy an assault rifle. Around the time that he allegedly bought the assault rifle online, Smith and a friend were charged with felony criminal mischief for graffiti featuring swastikas, the letters NYND (New York Nazi Division), “burn Jews,” “Kill n*ggers” and other racist and anti-semitic slurs. Smith spent six months in jail for his bigoted artwork.
After his release, the would-be terrorist then set up accounts on VK, a Russian social media site, listing his interests as “guns, gun smithing, building bombs, knives, guerilla warfare, preserving my race and folk, and destroying the government.”
In January of this year, Smith told an inmate at the Washington County Jail he had access to body armor, gas masks and fully automatic assault rifles, and attempted to convince the inmate to steal weapons from a gun shop. That month, police searched Smith’s home and found body armor kits, a combat helmet, a hatchet, and World War II-era darts, the Times Union reports. Four months later, an FBI agent contacted Smith through VK and asked him what sort of gun he needed and what he intended to do with it.
Smith told the agent that he and about six others in his group of white supremacist terrorists needed firearms, ammunition and grenades.
The teen agreed to purchase a Mac 10 machine gun, a M16 military-grade assault rifle, a gun silencer, a handgun and 120 rounds of armor-piercing rounds for $200 and “some diamonds.” He walked nearly three miles to a Budget Inn to purchase the weapons and, once he had them in his possession, he was arrested.
Smith’s family says that the purchases were all connected to his love of the military, but neighbors say differently, indicating that they always make sure to lock their doors because Smith is a “troublemaker.” One man told ABC10 that he came across a horrific Facebook page operated by Smith.
“I did some digging on Facebook, and I saw this kid, and I saw his page, and I was blown away,” he said, adding that the page was a shrine to hate:
“It was mostly hateful, vitriolic words against minorities, and he was talking about hurting them and killing them and uniting them. It was pretty crazy.”
Smith was indicted on two counts of illegal possession of a machine gun and one count of possession of an unregistered firearm and faces up to ten years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines if he is found guilty.
Watch a report on his arrest, below:
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