FBI: Man said Masons 'playing with the world like a game’
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Samy Mohamed Hamzeh wanted to shoot up a Milwaukee Masonic event center in the name of Islam because he thought the group that owns it is “playing with the world like a game,” according to federal authorities.
But a member of the fraternal organization, which is not a religion, said Wednesday it isn’t at “the root of some of the world’s problems.”
“We can hardly plan a pancake breakfast,” said Gavin DeGrave, who is a secretary for the Valley of Milwaukee, which includes four Masonic chapters.
Hamzeh, 23, has been charged with unlawfully possessing a machine gun and receiving and possessing improperly registered firearms in what authorities say was a planned mass shooting at a Masonic temple. Some people who know Hamzeh, however, have cast doubt on whether he was capable of such an attack, including a former co-worker who said he smoked a lot of marijuana.
He had a plan to shoot up a Masonic temple, capable or not, he had a machine gun which would be a cause of concern.