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

Seann Pietila, 19, of Pickford, [Michigan] 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.

[After an apparent breakup, Pietila posted the following on Instragram:] “This world just sucks a–. I won’t be taken alive I’ll make sure of that. Remember ‘Heil Hitler!’ boom red mist. Gotta make it unique I guess. Maybe. I just need a camera for streaming and some more magazines. Don’t wanna run out of mags and have to reload one.”

During the search at his house, police found several magazines, a shotgun, a rifle, a pistol, firearms accessories and multiple knives.

Pietila was ultimately charged with transmitting a communication containing a threat to injure another.

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Events: 2019 Christchurch Shooting 

Locations: Pickford, MI Michigan 

Organizations: FBI 

People: Seann Pietila 

Tags: Terrorism Political Violence White Nationalism Guns Antisemitism 

Type: Headlines