[Ed. – This event is being reported in ALL SoCal headlines as an explosion or bombing at an “anti-LGBTQ” church – as if that loaded mischaracterization makes a difference. The pastor’s name is Mejia, BTW, and in El Monte, it’s likely that most of his congregation is Latino.]
Authorities are investigating an early Saturday explosion at an El Monte church whose stance against same-sex relationships has raised tensions in the community in recent weeks.
The FBI, which is probing the incident at First Works Baptist Church along with local law enforcement, called it a bomb “attack” and asked the public’s help for tips that could lead to those responsible. A bomb had been thrown at the building, the agency told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
“An improvised explosive device was apparently detonated here at the church, causing some damage,” El Monte police chief David Reynoso said.
Bureau spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said it’s too early to call it a hate crime, but “that’s always going to be considered as a theory when a house of worship is attacked,” according to the Associated Press.