Santa Monica authorities have arrested a man in route to a Gay Pride parade who had rifles, ammunition and materials that could be used to create explosives inside his car. The arrest comes just hours after an Islamic gunmen opened fire on a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing at least 53 people and wounding at least 53 more before dying in a firefight with police.
While investigating a suspected prowler, as the result of a tipster, Santa Monica patrol officers on Sunday encountered an individual who said he was waiting for a friend. When officers inspected the man’s car, they found the weapons and ammunition cache as well as tannerite, a binary explosive that could be used to create a pipe bomb.
The man allegedly told authorities he was in town for Sunday’s pride parade in West Hollywood. The car had Indiana license plates.
There was no immediate link between the Santa Monica incident and the Orlando massacre, The Times reported, citing law enforcement sources.
The investigation was taken over by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The Los Angeles County Sheriff Office have increased security around the pride parade and other activities, West Hollywood City Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath said in a statement.