Names of Detroit leaders on alleged 'hit list' of neo-Nazi

Published On: Feb 22 2013 07:38:03 AM EST
Updated On: Feb 22 2013 09:17:27 AM EST
Richard Schmidt
DETROIT -

A discovery of a Nazi sympathizer leads to a stockpile of weapons and a possible hit list with the names of two prominent Detroit leaders.

FBI investigators said a tip lead them to Richard Schmidt, the owner of a sporting goods store in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Investigators said they found Nazi paraphernalia, a video of a neo-Nazi convention from 2005 and 18 assault weapons, a handful of other guns and 40,000 rounds of ammunition.

Schmidt is a convicted felon who spent 13 years in prison on a homicide charge. He was on parole but barred under federal law for owning any firearms.

He’s now been federally indicted for the possession of illegal firearms, ammunition and body armor.

Schmidt notebooks

Investigators also found notebooks with the names of community leaders in Detroit, specifically NAACP President Rev. Wendell Anthony and Scott Kaufman, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.

Wendell Anthony

The notebooks contained information on who the leaders were, family members, their employees, the distance between their homes and their offices.

Both Anthony and Kaufman were informed of the situation by the FBI.

Wendell described Schmidt as a one-man army and Kaufman called the situation "unnerving."

Scott Kaufman

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