California Man Accused of Planning to Detonate IED at Rally Faces Terror Charges
Authorities thwarted a plan to bomb a rally in the Los Angeles area when they arrested a US Army veteran seeking retribution for attacks against Muslims, federal prosecutors announced on April 29. Mark Steven Domingo (pictured), 26, of Reseda, California, is charged with providing and attempting to provide material support to terrorists after he was taken into custody on April 26. Domingo began expressing support for violent jihad and planning an attack to cause mass casualties, in part, as a response to shootings at two mosques in New Zealand, according to prosecutors. A criminal complaint detailed that Domingo communicated with an FBI informant and listed Jews, churches, police officers, and a military facility as targets for an attack. After considering a drive-by shooting, he decided to detonate an improvised explosive device (IED) at a white supremacist rally in Long Beach, California. Domingo, who expressed support for ISIS, asked the informant to find a bomb-maker who could construct a device that would kill 50 people. Domingo then purchased several hundred nails to be used as shrapnel inside the IED, and he provided them to an undercover FBI agent for use in building the bomb. After Domingo was given an inert IED by the agent, he went to the site of the planned attack and was arrested.
Two Killed, Four Wounded in Shooting at College Campus in North Carolina
A University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) student faces multiple charges following a fatal shooting in an academic building on the last day of classes. Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, is accused of opening fire after entering a classroom at around 6 p.m. April 30, killing two individuals and injuring four others. The UNCC Police and Public Safety Department said campus police officers quickly entered the building and arrested Terrell after receiving a report of a suspect armed with a pistol shooting students. Terrell, a history major at UNCC, moved to Charlotte from Texas with his father two years ago after the death of his mother. Police did not disclose a motive for the shooting and noted Terrell was “not somebody on our radar.” Terrell is charged with two counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, possessing a firearm on educational property, and discharging a firearm on educational property.
Ringleader in NYC Subway Bomb Plot Receives Time Served After Assisting US Government
A former al-Qa’ida recruit who planned to bomb New York City’s subway system with two other individuals received a 10-year prison sentence on May 2 after helping the US government pursue other terrorists over the past decade. Najibullah Zazi, 33, effectively received time served, and his attorney said he “hopefully will be released in a short period of time.” Prosecutors credited Zazi with providing “extraordinary” assistance to authorities since he pleaded guilty in 2010. He testified at the trial of one of his co-conspirators, as well as against a man involved in an al-Qa’ida plot to bomb a mall in Manchester, England. Prosecutors said Zazi assisted the government in numerous investigations, including meeting with officials over 100 times, viewing photos, and offering “critical intelligence and unique insight regarding al-Qa’ida and its members.” Federal authorities arrested Zazi in September 2009 after he drove to New York to conduct suicide bombings targeting subway lines during rush hour around the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and during Ramadan.