Man Driving with Guns, Explosives Arrested While Going to LA Pride Parade: Reports
A man with explosives and guns was arrested on his way to a Los Angeles Pride Parade on Sunday—just hours after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history was carried out.
There appears to be no connection to the Orlando, Florida, mass shooting at a gay nightclub, said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti in West Hollywood, ahead of the Pride Parade.
The Los Angeles Times said officials in Santa Monica found possible explosives as well as several weapons and ammunition in a man’s vehicle who told them he was waiting for a friend at the Pride festival. Federal and local law enforcement decided against canceling the parade, but they increased security measures.
Santa Monica police on early Sunday got a call about a suspected prowler near Olympic Boulevard and 11th Street, and when officials responded, they encountered the man who told officers he was waiting for someone.
They inspected his car, finding three rifles, ammunition, and tannerite—which could be used to make a pipe bomb, officials told the Times. One of the guns was an assault rifle.
“[Police] were not aware of what the suspect’s intentions were at this point,” Santa Monica police spokesman Saul Rodriguez said.
Source: this just went out to top LA law enforcement officials. Suspect w/ assault weapons, camo arrested in WeHo. pic.twitter.com/9pfBt72spK
— Robert Faturechi (@RobertFaturechi) June 12, 2016
ProPublica reporter Rober Faturechi tweeted out a report that “went out to top LA law enforcement officials.” It said the man had five pounds of tannerite, a camouflage outfit, and a security badge.
He was driving a white Acura with Indiana license plates.
“There was an active shooter situation in the city of Orlando, Florida. The incident could conceivably be duplicated here in the city of West Hollywood,” Lt. Edward Ramirez of the Sheriff’s West Hollywood Station told the Los Angeles Daily News. “Our deputy personnel would be looking out for people acting strangely, people who may be carrying weapons or someone who may be acting suspiciously. Those are all things that we would look for when I mention a heightened sense of awareness.”
More than 200 deputies will be working the event.