Neo-Nazi accused of stockpiling weapons, plotting mass shooting at Michigan synagogue

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A Michigan man who spouted antisemitic and Neo-Nazi ideals online was busted by federal agents for allegedly stockpiling weapons in preparation for a mass shooting at an East Lansing synagogue.

Seann Pietila, 19, of Pickford, was arrested on Friday after agents raided his home and discovered several weapons, a Nazi flag, a camouflage ghillie suit, gas masks, and a military sniper manual, according to the criminal complaint filed by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan.

A search of his phone also yielded a note highlighting a synagogue in East Lansing, along with a date and a list of equipment, including homemade bombs.

The FBI said it had received a report Tuesday about threatening messages Pieltila shared online, including praises for previous mass shooters and neo-Nazis.

Several of the messages highlighted in the complaint involve Pietila and another Instagram user making antisemitic slurs, touting his allegedly massive gun collection, and making antisemitic statements.

The suspect also showed admiration for the 2019 Christchurch shooting, where 51 people were killed in two New Zealand mosques, with the date highlighted in Pietila’s phone matching the fourth anniversary of the massacre.

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