Man’s plan for mass shootings in Atlanta linked to inciting ‘race war’


An Arizona man named Mark Adams Prieto has been indicted on hate crime and gun charges after he planned a mass shooting at a rap concert in Atlanta to spark a “race war.” He discussed his plan with two individuals who actually worked for the FBI and posed as racist extremists. The Justice Department revealed that his intention was to attack black people and other people of color during the May concert.

Mr. Prieto’s goal was to spark a “race war” before November’s presidential election, prosecutors said. He was reported to authorities by an acquaintance who was alarmed by his comments advocating mass shootings against black people and others.

The charges against Mr. Prieto include trafficking in firearms, transferring a firearm for use in a hate crime and possession of an unregistered firearm. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison on each trafficking and transfer charge, and up to 10 years on the unregistered firearms charge. In addition, he could be fined up to $250,000 for each violation.

This disturbing case highlights the importance of vigilance and behavioral reporting to prevent violent crimes and hate crimes. It serves as a reminder of the ongoing threat posed by individuals who seek to sow fear and division in our communities. Such incidents underline the need for continued efforts to combat extremism and promote unity and understanding among all members of society.