John Schoeffer, a native of Kendra, Central Indiana, and founder of the heavy metal band Iced Earth, photographed the crowd on the Capitol.
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According to the FBI, a heavy metal guitarist was arrested Sunday for being in the midst of a group of Capitol rioters blowing up cops with “bear spray”.
John Schaffer, a founding member of a Florida-based heavy metal band called Iced Earth, is facing six charges, including one in an act of physical violence at the Capitol Building, FBI’s Indianapolis office. Tweeted.
The Indianapolis Star reported that Schaffer was first identified after searching for rioters on a FAP poster that made an “unlawful entry” into the Capitol during the January 6 siege.
The newspaper reported that he first attended Trump’s rallies and once appeared as a guest on far-right theorist Alex Jones’ radio show.
Four of Sheffer’s bandmates made a statement condemning the riots.
“We hope that all those involved on that day will be brought to investigate and respond to their actions,” the statement said.
“With broken hearts we are sending our love and compassion to all those who have felt pain from the events of 6 January.”