Was LA Pride festival targeted?
By Steve Visser and John Newsome
LOS ANGELES, Ca. — After a man was arrested with a small arsenal in his car, authorities in Los Angeles are investigating whether he was targeting the LGBT community at the LA Pride festival, a day after the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
The man, who is from Indiana, was arrested around 5 a.m. after police got a call about a prowler, Los Angeles Interim Undersheriff Neal Tyler said. The man told police he was looking for a friend to attend the LA Pride festival in West Hollywood, Tyler said.
Authorities found various weapons, including assault weapons, and explosive material in his car, Tyler said.
So far, there is no connection to the attack at the gay nightclub in Orlando, and no conclusive connection to an LA Pride threat other than the man saying he was there to attend the festival, Tyler said. Authorities are searching for a friend of the man to question, he said.
The man, whose identity has not been released, had explosive powder and a camouflage outfit along with the assault weapons, CNN-affiliate KABC reported, citing unnamed authorities.
FBI Assistant Director Deirdre Fike said there was no known credible threat in the Los Angeles area, and no known connection to the Orlando attack, which took 50 lives and left more than 50 people wounded at a gay nightclub early Sunday morning.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, however, announced it was taking extra precautions at the LA Pride Parade and Festival, with “hundreds of uniformed deputies” on duty.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we have enhanced our security presence for the event and have tactical units at the ready to prevent and respond to any circumstances,” the sheriff’s office said. “Any possible nexus with this individual and the Pride event in West Hollywood is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
The sheriff’s office asked the public to remain vigilant and report any information about potential incidents to their local law enforcement. Information can be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS (8477) or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tips to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.
CNN’s Jason Kravarik contributed to this report