According to the Savannah Morning News
, "Four 3rd Infantry Division soldiers killed a former comrade and his girlfriend to protect an anarchist militia group they formed that stockpiled assault weapons and plotted a range of anti-government attacks."
Two targets were in Savannah, Ga. and others were located in Washington state. The group planned to take over Fort Stewart
and bomb the Forsyth Park fountain in Savannah. In Washington, "the group plotted to bomb a dam and poison the state's apple crop," reports USA TODAY
. Ultimately, USA TODAY reports,"the militia's goal was to overthrow the government and assassinate the president."
The militia group consists of active and former members of the U.S. military and, as reported in The Seattle Times
, "The group allegedly called itself F.E.A.R., short for Forever Enduring Always Ready."
It is as yet unclear why the Forsyth Park fountain
was among the targets. The ornate fountain, created in 1858, is, however, a destination for tourists and locals alike.
Mayor Edna Jackson of Savannah told WTOC
, "It is unfortunate two lives were lost but, also, it makes us aware. It can happen here. We can be attacked also from within."