Man with weapons arrested in California ahead of Gay Pride parade

- Assault rifles, ammunition and materials that could be used to create explosives were found by Santa Monica authorities early Sunday morning in the car of a man who said he was in town for a Gay Pride parade, The Los Angeles Times reported.

The arrest comes just hours after a shooter opened fire on a gay nightclub in Orlando, killing 50 people and wounding at least 53 more before dying in a firefight with police.

While investigating a suspected prowler, Santa Monica patrol officers on Sunday encountered an individual who said he was waiting for a friend, The LA Times reported. 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.

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