A man accused of plotting a mass shooting at a synagogue in Ohio has been indicted on a federal hate crime charge.
Damon Joseph, 21, was indicted Tuesday on charges that include attempting to provide material support to ISIS and attempting to commit a hate crime.
The Justice Department says that his plan was never carried out.
Instead, he was arrested in early December after he received two AR-15 rifles from an undercover agent.
His plot came to light after being inspired by a gunman who killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh the October.
Investigators say Joseph, who converted to Islam, talked about wanting to kill as many people as possible at a synagogue in the Toledo area.
Joseph said his decision about which synagogue to attack would come down to ‘which one will have the most people, what time and what day. Go big or go home,’ according to court documents.
Authorities became aware of Joseph after seeing photos of knives and guns and praising ISIS on his social media accounts.
In September, agents asked him whether he hated people in America.
‘Oh yeah, definitely,’ he responded, according to court records. ‘The gays the Christians the Catholics the Jews you name it.’
Records show that he had narrowed his plot to one synagogue and showed the undercover agents pictures of the house of worship and described to them details of his plan.
He told the officers he wanted to start the killing inside the sanctuary and wanted to make sure he executed the rabbi, records show.
Joseph’s plan was to carryout the shooting on the Sabbath so he would cause maximum bloodshed, records show.
His attorney declined to comment.