Michael Robert Solomon and Benjamin Ryan Teeter were members of the right-wing Boogaloo movement and a group known as the "Boojahideen." A paid witness reported to the FBI that an armed Solomon was patrolling streets in Minneapolis during the civil unrest after a white police officer killed a Black man by kneeling on his neck for eight minutes. An FBI informant, posing as a member of Hamas, contacted Solomon and Teeter on Facebook. The informant introduced the two men to an undercover agent, who also posed as a Hamas member. Solomon and Teeter allegedly offered themselves as "mercenaries" to Hamas. The undercover agent then engaged Solomon and Teeter to build parts that could be used to convert a gun to fully automatic fire.