According to Los Angeles Times, man with weapons was headed to L.A. gay pride parade.
Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks shared on Twitter:
'James Howell held on weapons and explosive materials charges. Stated intent: go to Gay Pride event; wrong on initial rpt of wanting to harm.'
American political commentator, professor, and author shared on Facebook:
'Our minds seek to explain the shocking carnage of last night’s mass shooting in Orlando – the worst mass shooting in American history. Two dominant views, each carrying its own lesson:
1. It was a hate crime directed at gays, lesbians, transgendered people and bisexuals. It’s not enough to enact legislation protecting gay rights. We must also work ceaselessly to create a culture of tolerance; recognize hate crimes for what they are; and condemn the homophobes, white supremacists, misogynists, and xenophobes who want to tear us apart. We must also stop easy access to handguns, which have become weapons of mass destruction. (Orlando community leaders have called for solidarity vigils across the country under the banner 'We Are Orlando'—and there’s one near you, maybe in the next few hours. Now is the time to stand together.)
2. It was an act of Islamic terrorism. Donald Trump has already tweeted: 'Appreciate the congrats for being right on radical Islamic terrorism, I don’t want congrats, I want toughness & vigilance. We must be smart!' John Bolton, a former Bush administration official and currently Fox News commentator, calls the murderer 'a radical Islamic terrorist' who 'pledged loyalty to ISIS as he committed his murders.' Bolton says the mass killing represent 'the broader international threat' of Islamic extremism 'that motivated the Orlando killer and perhaps others yet unknown,' and warns us not to be 'blind to the terrorist threat.'
It would be a tragic irony if America views last night's barbaric act of bigotry as justification to discriminate against the members of an entire religious faith.
What do you think?'
In the early morning of June 12, 2016, a mass shooting occurred at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. At least 51 people were killed, including the gunman, and 53 others wounded.
The attack is the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history, the deadliest incident of violence against LGBT people in U.S. history, and the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the September 11 attacks of 2001.
The attack was labeled by the Orlando chief of police as an act of domestic terrorism; the shooter pledging allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Islamic State claimed responsibility. The shooter was identified as Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen.