Santa Monica: An Indiana man armed with three assault rifles and chemicals used to make explosives was arrested in Southern California and told police he was headed to a gay pride parade, authorities said.

The arrest in Santa Monica of James Wesley Howell (20) came just a few hours after the Orlando carnage, though police said they had found no evidence of a connection between the events.

Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks initially tweeted that Howell told officers he wanted to “do harm” at the gay pride event, but she later corrected her statement to say only that Howell said he was going to the parade.