NEW YORK - An American Muslim was charged Wednesday with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, the U.S. Justice Department said. The complaint alleged Tarek Mehanna, 27, of Sudbury, Massachusetts, , and co-conspirators had many discussions between 2001 and May 2008 about randomly shooting people in shopping malls, even to the point of reviewing the logistics of a mall attack, Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Loucks said in a news release. The plan was abandoned, however, because the plotters couldn't get the necessary automatic weapons to carry out the attacks effectively, Loucks said. The complaint alleged Mehanna, whose country of origin could not be ascertained, conspired with Ahmad Abousamra and others to provide support and resources to carry out a conspiracy to "kill, kidnap, maim or injure persons or damage property in a foreign country and extraterritorial homicide of a U.S. national," the Justice Department said. Among other things, the complaint alleged Mehanna and his co-conspirators discussed their desire to participate in "violent jihad" against American interests and their desire to die during battle. Loucks said the complaint also alleged Mehanna and two others went to the Middle East in 2004 for military-type training at a terrorist camp. Mehanna was indicted in January for making false statements to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force during a terrorism investigation, Loucks said.