Armed Man Arrested On Way To L.A. Pride Parade
An Indiana man was arrested Sunday on his way to a gay pride parade in Los Angeles after telling police he wanted to do harm to the event, according to authorities.
20-year-old James Wesley Howell was arrested early Sunday morning after witnesses reported seeing his car parked the wrong way, said Santa Monica, CA police in a statement, according to KCBS-TV.
"Further investigation, led to the recovery of three assault rifles, high capacity magazines and ammunition," said Santa Monica police Lt. Saul Rodriguez. "Additionally, officers discovered a 5 gallon bucket with chemicals capable of forming an improvised explosive device. All items were recovered from Howell's vehicle."
Howell's arrest came as the mass shooting which claimed the lives of 50 people in Orlando, FL was still unfolding. Police have so far found no connection between the killings and the California arrest.