Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said in a press conference on Sunday, "An individual here, we believe completely unrelated [to the mass shooting in Orlando], who said he was coming to Pride, who was heavily armed... was apprehended by Santa Monica police department officials in the area last night."
Santa Monica Police Department
Howell admitted he wanted to "harm" L.A. Pride.
The FBI does not believe the man was acting in conjunction with anyone else.
Mayor Garcetti gave an upbeat speech ahead of the parade, in which he said, "This march goes on, we go on, we continue to love — and in the face of hate, hold somebody today."
Concurring with Mayor Garcetti's message that no other violence was thought to be planned, FBI Special Agent Deirdre Fike said, "At this point, there's no known credible threat here in the Los Angeles area."
Though there was a pall cast over L.A. Pride, the event still drew many thousands. Gay icon Ariana Grande tweeted her support:
Also, it's #LaPride today. be safe, proud and full of love. They will never win. Really wish I could be there with y'all. I love you.