Three men and a high school student were arrested for allegedly planning to bomb a New York-based Muslim community, the authorities said Tuesday.
Residents of the Rochester area are being charged with planning an attack on the small Muslim enclave of Islamberg, a rural settlement about 241 km northwest of New York City.
Brian Colaneri, 20, Andrew Crysel, 18, and Vincent Vetromile, 19, face charges of gunfire and conspiracy. A 16-year-old student at the Odyssey Academy, a school in Greece, New York, was charged with the same crimes, but was not identified because of his age.
At the time of their weekend arrests The men, three of whom were Boy Scouts, had access to 23 rifles and shotguns and three self-made explosives.
A lunch in the student's lunch on Friday started the investigation Patrick Phelan told reporters at a news conference.
"He looks like the next shooter, right?" The student allegedly said while showing students a picture of another boy on his cell phone, according to Phelan.
"Humans would have died"
The remark was reported to school safety, who had interviewed the student along with the local police, the photo and the student in the picture. The depicted student was not charged, said Phelan.
The investigation eventually led to the police executing several search warrants and arresting four people, including the student who presented the photograph.
The police also searched five locations and seized 23 weapons numerous electronic devices, including phones and computers. Most of the weapons were rifles and shotguns, some of which were lawfully owned by relatives of the suspects.
Three improvised explosive devices were found in the 1
"There were homemade bombs with various objects – black powder, BBs, nails, in a container," he said.
Phelan wrote well for the students who reported the lunchroom commentary with savings.
"If they had carried out this conspiracy that would contain any indication, people would have died," said the chief of police. "I do not know how many and who, but the people would have died."
Islamberg was founded more than three decades ago by a group of black Muslims who follow the teachings of Pakistani Sufi scholar Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani
The city in Delaware County has been a destination in the past selected. Two years ago, a Tennessee man was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for planning to attack the enclave.