McDowell also told the agent he wanted "do something on a f-ing big scale" and meant to scrawl a message on the temple's wall reading, "In the spirit of Dylann Roof", following his attack.
'All they wanne do is stay loaded on drugs the Jews put here to destroy white man and they fest on the drugs (sic),' he wrote January 5, according to an arrest complaint. "I want something where I can say, "I f-- did that" ... me personally".
According to the station, federal authorities say that McDowell indicated on January 6 that he was looking for a gun and met an undercover FBI employee about a week later at an unidentified hotel in Myrtle Beach. A day later, the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified a message on Facebook Instant Messenger from McDowell in which he was looking for gun, using the slang term "iron" for the weapon.
On Wednesday, they met as planned, and McDowell allegedly bought a.40 caliber Glock and ammunition from the agent for about $109, the document states.
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"I seen what Dylann Roof did and in my heart I reckon I got a little bit of hatred and I.I want to do that", he told the agent, according to the complaint.
"Screaming "white power" was not getting the job done", the undercover agent told Lowe after talking to McDowell. McDowell had not decided on a place for the attack, according to the complaint.
Roof, a white nationalist, was sentenced to death for the killings of nine members of a historically black church in 2015.
According to the FBI, McDowell telegraphed his intentions to attack the synagogue during a series of anti-Semitic Facebook posts in which he expressed his desire to carry out a massacre against it "in the spirit of Dylann Roof". Horry County police told federal investigators that McDowell had "established connections" to white supremacy extremists while serving time in a SC prison, and that he also has tattoos indicating affiliations with these groups.
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McDowell faces a felony firearm possession charge, the NY Daily News reported.
Court records show that since 2008, McDowell has several convictions for burglary and a conviction for assault.
He went on to say that Jews were "here to destroy the white man". Agents found a marijuana cigarette, a cell phone, the handgun and the ammunition.
McDowell was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center, but was then released on Thursday into Federal Bureau of Investigation custody.
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At the time of his arrest, McDowell was in the parking lot of a Myrtle Beach Hampton Inn holding a bag. The prosecution requested a preliminary hearing and detention hearing by held at the same time, Tuesday, February 21 at 2:30 p.m. McDowell had not hired an attorney and was represented by a state-appointed attorney.