The man accused of plotting a mass shooting at a Jacksonville Islamic Center has pleaded not guilty in court.
Bernandino Bolatete, 69, is accused of plotting a mass shooting at the Islamic Center but is in FBI custody and he’s been charged with knowingly receiving and possessing a silencer not registered to him in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record. The investigation is ongoing.
During meetings with the undercover officer, Bolatete repeatedly expressed his hatred for Muslims and told the officer about a medical condition involving his kidney. The suspect said he used to a be a “Rangemaster” at a shooting range in the Philippines. Years ago, someone accidentally shot the suspect in the back while he was working at the range, resulting in the loss of a kidney, a criminal complaint said.
On Nov. 10, the undercover