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The FBI and other local police agencies are investigating a Saturday morning bombing of a controversial El Monte Church.


The explosion occurred at about 1:00 a.m. Saturday at the First Works Baptist Church in El Monte, a church reportedly known for anti-LGBT rhetoric.

  • No one was inside the building at the time of the blast, and the FBI says they found an explosive device at the scene.

  • The church's outside walls were vandalized, and police say they saw smoke rising out of the church's window.

  • The LA County Sheriff's Department called the church bombing an "IED attack," requiring bomb experts to examine the scene, per LA Times.

  • Firefighters cleared the scene at about 4:30 a.m.

Before Saturday's explosion: First Works Baptist's pastor, Bruce Mejia, filed a police report two weeks ago after receiving an arson threat on social media, per LA Times.

  • A petition to remove the church from El Monte has garnered over 15,000 signatures, and the Southern California Law Center lists the church as a hate group.

  • People have protested the church in the past over their anti-LGBT language, including condemning same-sex marriage.

  • The church is part of the Independent Fundamental Baptist Movement, infamously known for celebrating the 2016 Pulse gay nightclub shooting where 49 people were murdered, per NYT.

LBPD is investigating the murder of a 25-year-old man who was shot dead in an alley in central Long Beach.


According to the LBPD, officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of Elm Avenue at roughly 2:40 p.m., concerning a shooting that resulted in an adult male's death.

  • When police arrived, they found the victim lying distressed in the alley with a gunshot wound to his upper body, police said.

  • Officers provided medical aid until Long Beach Fire personnel arrived and continued to administer aid, but the victim would later expire at the scene.

  • The victim has been identified as 25-year old Long Beach resident Egary Baide.

  • Police believe the victim was in the alley when he was shot, but the motive of shooting's motive remains unknown.

An adult male recounted to police that he was wounded in a shooting while stading outside on the sidewalk Thursday, LBPD said.


The shooting occurred around 6:30 p.m. on the 1000 block East Anaheim Street. When police arrived at the scene, they found the victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds,

  • The victim was reportedly conscious during when he was transported to a nearby hospital.

  • According to LBP, police found evidence that a shooting did occur.

  • Streaming 562 reported that one of the gunshot wounds was in the victim's back and that the suspect was wearing a black hoodie with black pants heading south on Lewis Street.