A Camden Count man has been arrested by federal agents and charged with detonating an explosive device outside the gay owned G-City Crossfit Gym in in Gloucester City. New Jersey on August 26th.
Dwayne A. Vandergrift was arrested and found with two more explosive devices, body-armored tactical vests, and an illegal short-barreled rifle. Vandergrift’s motive at this time is officially unknown but many suspect that he targeted the gym because of the large rainbow flag hanging in it’s front window.
The gym is well known as a gay owned and operated gym and LGBT safe space.
Vandergrift detonated the bomb around 3:50 a.m. Wednesday and damaged the front entrance of the gym on the 500 block of South Broadway, said Gloucester City police.
ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Monday that killed 22 people and injured 59 others.
In a statement translated from Arabic, ISIS said that a soldier of the caliphate placed explosives among a gathering of crusaders — meaning Christians — at the Manchester Arena. The statement said about 30 were killed and about 70 were wounded.
The man believed to. be the lone attacker died at the scene after using an improved explosive device, officials said, but police are still determining if the attacker acted alone or as part of a wider group, said United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May. Greater Manchester Police said a 23-year-old man has been arrested in South Manchester in connection with the attack – ABC NEWS
“…[A] soldier of the caliphate placed explosives among a gathering of crusaders — meaning Christians — at the Manchester Arena.
Yes, because gum-chewing tweens are clearly the largest enemy. Seems like the most logical and cowardly move.
The Long Island GLBT Network gay advocacy group has been receiving hate letters in the mail, including one Thursday threatening to burn down a planned gay-friendly senior housing center, an official said.
“Thought you got the message we are targeting you.” It went on to say the planned senior housing on Bay Shore “won’t be safe.”
“You are not safe, you are being tracked… It is just a matter of time until the right moments arrive to eliminate you and your locations, and the ‘safehouse’ is burned to the ground.”
This is the second letter the group has received in the past four months and the third in the last 18 months, and that each has gotten progressively more violent and threatening.
A past letter threatened to turn the Long Island Pride Parade into a scene much like the Boston Marathon bombing.
Despite the threats officials announced Tuesday that a 50-unit development is planned for senior lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender residents at a Bay Shore site.
“These letters are a reminder that we still live in a world that is not safe and where hate and violence against the GLBT community is still an issue that we need to be vigilant about and attack head on,” said David Kilmnick, CEO of Long Island GLBT Network.
The letters have been turned over to the Suffolk and Nassau police departments and has been confirmed that they are investigating.