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Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:33 PM

Man with weapons and possible explosives arrested, was going to L.A. gay pride parade, sources say

Source: LA Times

Authorities in Santa Monica found possible explosives as well as assault rifles and ammunition Sunday in the car of a man who told them he was in town for the L.A. Pride festival in West Hollywood, a law enforcement source said.

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.

A city official in West Hollywood also confirmed the arrest and stressed that officials were beefing up security at the gay pride event.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/la-me-ln-gay-pride-la-weapons-20160612-snap-story.html



Edit to add: This is separate from the mass shooting in Orlando.

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Reply Man with weapons and possible explosives arrested, was going to L.A. gay pride parade, sources say (Original post)
TomCADem Jun 2016 OP
retrowire Jun 2016 #1
Helen Borg Jun 2016 #22
David__77 Jun 2016 #2
TomCADem Jun 2016 #6
IronLionZion Jun 2016 #11
MariaThinks Jun 2016 #28
Mrs. Overall Jun 2016 #3
SusanCalvin Jun 2016 #4
kentauros Jun 2016 #9
mahatmakanejeeves Jun 2016 #10
rockfordfile Jun 2016 #14
alarimer Jun 2016 #37
NickB79 Jun 2016 #21
Delphinus Jun 2016 #26
snooper2 Jun 2016 #33
roamer65 Jun 2016 #5
MadBadger Jun 2016 #7
One_Life_To_Give Jun 2016 #12
tabasco Jun 2016 #8
Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2016 #13
flamingdem Jun 2016 #15
bluevoter4life Jun 2016 #16
6chars Jun 2016 #17
bluevoter4life Jun 2016 #23
6chars Jun 2016 #25
herding cats Jun 2016 #18
suffragette Jun 2016 #19
smirkymonkey Jun 2016 #20
herding cats Jun 2016 #24
riversedge Jun 2016 #27
DesMoinesDem Jun 2016 #29
Blue_Tires Jun 2016 #30
DesMoinesDem Jun 2016 #31
Blue_Tires Jun 2016 #32
DesMoinesDem Jun 2016 #34
Blue_Tires Jun 2016 #35
rockfordfile Jun 2016 #36

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:35 PM

1. WTF is going on? nt

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Response to retrowire (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 04:33 PM

22. Mass shootings...

More and more people with nothing to lose.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:36 PM

2. I wonder if this is another Islamic State supporter.

I hope that whether or not this is the case is quickly determined.

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Response to David__77 (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:47 PM

6. If he Islamic, Then It Becomes a Big Deal, If Not...

...and it like the abortion clinic shooter, Sandy Hook, Charleston, Colonbine, etc., it will be dismissed as a one off.

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Response to TomCADem (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:55 PM

11. There are a lot of one offs

the once in a lifetime isolated incidents keep happening on a daily basis.

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Response to David__77 (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 09:36 PM

28. i wonder. same MO

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:39 PM

3. This is the result of politicians and candidates who speak hate and promote bias--

This is the legacy of the tea party and prejudiced Americans who support that asshole, Trump.

Giving hate a platform emboldens horrible violence like this.

When will the conservatives wake up?

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:45 PM

4. Bingo.

They set up the atmosphere for this.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:54 PM

9. When will they wake up?

When one of their own commits such an act against their own. If a tea partier goes nuts at a tea party gathering, with plenty of documentation at home (manifesto, suicide note, whatever) as additional convincing evidence.

Of course all of that would have to make through their force-field of denial...

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:54 PM

10. "This is the legacy of the tea party and prejudiced Americans who support that asshole, Trump."

What an absolute load of crap.

This the legacy of the person who pulled the trigger.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #10)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:54 PM

14. This has to do with Conservative Republicans

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Reply #10)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 04:42 PM

37. Really? There are no links between hateful rhetoric and things people do?

None at all?

Yet so many here complain about Trump's rhetoric. And all is rainbows and kittens at his rallies, right???

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 04:06 PM

21. Religious extremists have been preaching hate for millenia

It's hard to blame the Tea Party and Trump for something that various groups around the planet have been participating in since Biblical times.

However, since conservative politicians have been key in destabilizing large portions of the world and creating fertile breeding ground for extremist groups to take hold (the Taliban under Reagan and ISIS under GWB), you can still make a case for their blame. You just have to look further back in history than the past election cycle.

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Reply #3)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 06:56 PM

26. You are right.

What will wake them up to this?

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Response to Mrs. Overall (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 02:23 PM

33. Did you know that apparently he is bisexual?

 

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:46 PM

5. Assault weapons...plural.

That means it was an arsenal for multiple shooters.

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:53 PM

7. And it means his friends are still out there

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Response to roamer65 (Reply #5)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:20 PM

12. Not necessarily in the US

Elsewhere yes, but US mass shootings typically see the shooter armed with multiple weapons. Presumably so they don't have to reload or in case one malfunctions.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 01:53 PM

8. Let there be no doubt....

 

The USA is on the downward slide into dysfunction and insanity.

The hate-sowing plutocrats, their paid lackeys and the gullible reich-wing followers are winning. The plutocrats wish to keep working people at each others' throats so we do not reverse their continuing accumulation of wealth, control and power.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 02:49 PM

13. Let's see if Daesh takes credit for this guy too....

 

Next up: Daesh takes credit for damage caused by a tornado.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 03:00 PM

15. Could it be that his "friend" didn't show up?

Thus he was prowling around looking for this person?

Not clear what this guy was doing in that neighborhood but it does seem like there's another person to locate.

Good on the Santa Monica police and the neighbor who called in.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 03:20 PM

16. 2 questions

1) Do we know if this and Orlando are connected?

2) What is the race of the shooter? Methinks I know, hence media silence on specifics…...

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Response to bluevoter4life (Reply #16)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 03:50 PM

17. 2 answers (according to one article at least)

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Response to 6chars (Reply #17)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 05:22 PM

23. Thank you.

Been at work all day Haven't had much of a chance to see the latest.

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Response to bluevoter4life (Reply #23)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 05:56 PM

25. This article has details

http://ktla.com/2016/06/12/man-with-weapons-possible-explosives-arrested-in-santa-monica-said-he-was-going-to-l-a-gay-pride-parade-report/

Guys name is James Wesley Howell. They have photo too. Seems he indeed had bad intentions.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 03:53 PM

18. Source: this just went out to top LA law enforcement officials. Suspect w/ assault weapons, camo

Source: this just went out to top LA law enforcement officials. Suspect w/ assault weapons, camo arrested in WeHo.

https://mobile.twitter.com/RobertFaturechi/status/742030062854119424

This sounds like another tragedy was averted here!

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 04:00 PM

19. Photo of some of the weaponry confiscated

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 04:04 PM

20. This country is seriously effed up.

WTH?

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 05:50 PM

24. ‘Heavily Armed’ Man Arrested in Santa Monica Wanted ‘to Harm’ Gay Pride Event: Authorities

Seabrooks later tweeted that the Howell allegedly told an officer "of wanting to harm Gay Pride event during arrest for weapons and explosive materials possession."

L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti earlier confirmed the incident during a news conference in West Hollywood shortly before the parade's scheduled kickoff at 10:45 a.m.

"Today, we were also informed of ... an individual here ... who said he was coming to Pride, and who was heavily armed and apprehended by Santa Monica Police Department officials last night," the mayor said.

In a statement released a short time after the mayor's comments, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said the male was "in possession of weapons and other dangerous material."

http://ktla.com/2016/06/12/man-with-weapons-possible-explosives-arrested-in-santa-monica-said-he-was-going-to-l-a-gay-pride-parade-report/


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James Wesley Howell is seen in a booking photo provided by the Santa Monica Police Department after his arrest on June 12, 2016.

I'm so glad this one was stopped before they could implement their plan!

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Sun Jun 12, 2016, 07:16 PM

27. Glad they got this one!

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 12:02 AM

29. This could turn out to be nothing at all.

 

The guy is bisexual and the police retracted that he said he was going to the parade to do harm. I bet it ends up just being a guy with guns in his car that was going to the gay pride parade to have a good time.

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Response to DesMoinesDem (Reply #29)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 11:49 AM

30. I dunno...

Leaving home without telling anyone, the guns plus the ammo plus the tannerite plus the requisite camo suit, and just sitting in his car at 5 a.m. doesn't smell right...

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #30)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 01:36 PM

31. I've had guns and ammo and tannerite in my car

 

So have tens of thousands of other people. There is nothing strange about that. I'm not sure why the time or camouflage clothing you make you think he was going on some shooting rampage.

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Response to DesMoinesDem (Reply #31)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 02:16 PM

32. Would you still have that stuff in your car

for a 1900-mile road trip to a pride parade, as opposed to say, a quick jaunt up to the local shooting range??

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Response to Blue_Tires (Reply #32)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 02:44 PM

34. I wouldn't bring guns on an interstate trip or to California

 

but a lot of people would. It doesn't make you a potential mass shooter. There needs to be some actual evidence that he was planning something for me to believe it. A person with guns in their car isn't evidence of anything.

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Response to DesMoinesDem (Reply #34)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 03:35 PM

35. Fair enough...

We'll see... I did read that Howell is far from a model citizen in his hometown, so it won't take long to find out one way or the other...

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Mon Jun 13, 2016, 04:32 PM

36. The guy clearly has problems.

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