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Man Indicted For Plan To Shoot Up A Rap Show & Incite Race War

Mark Adams Prieto was indicted after an FBI investigation uncovered his plans to incite a race war by executing a mass shooting at an Atlanta rap concert, targeting specific racial and religious groups.

An Arizona man is currently facing charges after a months-long investigation proved that he was plotting a mass shooting at an Atlanta rap concert to “incite a race war.”

The source also revealed that they spoke with Prieto at various gun shows over three years,  ultimately leading to a politically charged conversation where Prieto’s comments allegedly became “suspicious and alarmin including advocating for a mass shooting and specifically targeting ‘Blacks, Jews, or Muslims.’”

This instance is what the FBI used in the affidavit as an example of “Prieto’s desire to recruit people to help him carry out an attack.” The investigation also found proof that Prieto worked as a vendor at a gun show in Prescott, Ariz., selling numerous firearms from his collection. According to the source, the FBI was warned of Prieto’s desire to conduct trades “off book” through cash or trade to “avoid possible issues or interactions with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.”

From this past January to March, Prieto was under surveillance by the FBI, and in mid-January, undercover agents went to a gun show to connect with Prieto and their confidential source.

“Prieto divulged his plan to commit crimes of violence against African Americans in Atlanta, Georgia. Specifically.” He also disclosed plans to carry out a mass shooting at a yet-to-be-determined rap concert in the city to both the source and undercover agents.

“The reason I say Atlanta. Why, why is Georgia such a [expletive] upstate now? When I was a kid, that was one of the most conservative states in the country. Why is it not now? Because as the crime got worse in LA, St. Louis, and all these other cities, all the [expletives] moved out of those (places) and moved to Atlanta. That’s why it isn’t so great anymore. And they’ve been there for a couple, several years,” read a statement shared in the court filings about Prieto sharing his ideas around the proposed Atlanta attack with the undercover agents and their source, who has not been identified. 

According to Prieto, carrying out the attack at a rap concert was because “there would be a high concentration of African Americans” at the event.

He later shared that his plan would be executed at a rap concert likely to be held at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta’s midtown neighborhood on May 14 and May 15. Later reports confirmed Prieto’s desire to hold off until June to put the planned attack in motion. 

Ultimately, officers stopped Prieto while traveling to visit his mother in Florida in mid-May.

A trial date has not yet been scheduled. 

Source: Black Enterprise

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