The FBI says they are still investigating, but anybody looking at this who knows anything about Islam can tell you it was obvious what was happening. This was likely some kind of practice run, a drill at the very least, for if not something imminent, something coming in the future.
Now, in all fairness, this could just have been a group of men having fun. However, even if that was true, why would they go out and do it so publicly? Why should “Allah Akbar,” as people are saying? There are too many unanswered questions here that naturally and should make people VERY suspicion of these mens’ intentions.
From CBS News:
A 911 caller reported hearing over 100 shots fired and seeing five to seven men wearing turbans and shooting “assault rifles, handguns, and shotguns,” according to a Sheriff’s Department statement.
A county sheriff’s helicopter located the men walking near a creek with backpacks “and other items”, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Officials say the men were cooperative as they were detained and searched.
Several handguns, a rifle, and a shotgun were found at the scene, but a records check found all the weapons were registered with the exception of the rifle, which reportedly didn’t have a serial number because it was purchased in parts, an FBI spokesperson told The Times.
Police scanner traffic posted online by the Victor Valley News Group described “a large group of subjects wearing turbans and chanting” at the scene.
“They were up all night chanting ‘Allah akbar’-type stuff,” an unidentified officer is heard saying on the audio recording.
All 17 men were eventually released because Sheriff’s investigators say they had no outstanding warrants or criminal histories.
“There was no evidence found that a crime had been committed by any of the subjects who were detained and they were released,” a Sheriff’s spokesperson said.
The FBI will conduct further interviews with the men to determine if any crimes were committed.
Nearby residents said they were concerned by the activity.