This is horrifying!!
A man has been arrested just hours ago in Santa Monica, California, after a community member tipped off cops that he was carrying guns and explosives — and it’s horrifying to learn where the man was headed.
News agencies are now reporting with confidence that the man, who is unidentified, was heading to El Lay’s Gay Pride Parade being held in West Hollywood this morning before Santa Monica Police stopped him prematurely.
ABC News’ John Gregory tweeted the news (below):
According to the LA Times, police were initially tipped off to a suspected prowler in Santa Monica, and when they arrived, they encountered the suspect — a still unidentified man driving a car with Indiana license plates — and acted.
They found explosives and guns in the trunk of his car, as well as a material that has been known to be used in the creation of pipe bombs.
The man allegedly informed police he was on his way to West Hollywood for the parade.
A source said:
“They found him with weapons that were very disconcerting. … Officials are taking the appropriate safety precautions.”
This comes immediately after LA Pride announced that they are upping security at the parade and event today.
Chris Classen, one of the event’s organizers, said of added security and reacting to the Orlando nightclub shooting to which all of this may be related:
“46 years ago, members of the LGBTQ community came out in cities across the country in response to the Stonewall Riots. Today, we are heartbroken that so many of our brothers, sisters and allies were lost in this tragic attack. As we remember them today at our moment of silence, we must continue to show our pride, not just today but every day. Our brave founders made this happen to show the world who we are. We will be loud. We will be proud and we will celebrate in honor of all those lost.”
This whole thing is so horrifying.
More news as we get it…
[Image via AP Images.]