On Tuesday, an armed man at the Robert F. Kennedy Jr. event in Los Angeles was taken into custody by police officers.
The event, which was attended by Kennedy and his wife, was hosted by the international environmentalist group 350.org, and featured environmental experts and activists. Participants had gathered at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor to discuss solutions to the climate crisis in California.
However, Los Angeles police received a call about an armed man in attendance around 7:45 p.m. Officers quickly arrived on the scene to diffuse the situation and apprehended the man, who was found carrying a semi-automatic handgun.
Fortunately, nobody was injured in the incident. Kennedy and his wife were safely evacuated by the police and the 350.org event was able to continue. The man was arrested and is currently in LAPD custody.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident and the motives of the man. 350.org has released a statement expressing their shock and gratitude at LAPD’s quick response to the incident and they extend their sincerest apologies for any disruption that may have occurred as a result.
This incident serves as an unfortunately timely reminder of the need for increased security and safety measures at public events. We hope that this will not discourage people from attending public forums and events in the future.
We thank the police officers and first responders for their quick action and we hope that these types of incidents will be handled with equal efficiency in the future.