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Armed Man Arrested On Way to L.A. Pride

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The man had possible explosives as well as assault rifles and ammunition, reports the L.A. Times.

The worst shooting in American history occured at a gay nightclub in Orlando early this morning. Now an armed man was arrested in Santa Monica before attending L.A. Pride. Though the two events are not necessarily linked, the L.A. Times reports:

Early Sunday, Santa Monica police received a call of a suspected prowler near Olympic Boulevard and 11th Street. Patrol officers responded and encountered an individual who told officers he was waiting for a friend. That led officers to inspect the car and find several weapons and a lot of ammunition as well as tannerite, an ingredient that could be used to create a pipe bomb.

The car had Indiana plates. The man made comments that he was in town for the Pride event in West Hollywood this weekend. The source said authorities did not know of any connection between the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., early Sunday morning and the Santa Monica incident. The investigation has been taken over by the FBI. The source said the man appeared to be white.

Security at Pride will be increased. West Hollywood City Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath released a statement:

"We are hearing absolutely devastating news reports from Orlando this morning. Gun violence on the LGBTQ family during Pride Month makes me sick. The deadliest mass shooting in America happened to LGBTQ people on Latin night. While we mourn this heartbreaking loss, we must also rededicate ourselves to the fight for full equality for all people. No one is equal unless everyone is equal."

Read more at L.A. Times.

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