Police in Ontario, California have a suspect in custody after a few explosive devices detonated inside of a Sam’s Club in California on Thursday afternoon.
Hugo Gonzalez, 49, of Fontana, was identified as the man suspected of detonating the devices, the Ontario Police Department tweeted, noting it’s believed he acted alone and a motive remains unclear.
Law enforcement was dispatched to the Sam’s Club store in Ontario after it was reported around 2 p.m. that someone heard a “popping sound,” KABC reported.
“Responded to a possible fire structure at [Sam’s Club],” the Ontario Police Department tweeted earlier Thursday. “It has been determined the suspect detonated a small explosive device in the store.”
#BREAKING: Small explosive device detonates at Sam's Club in Ontario. No injuries have been reported. Suspect in custody.
Posted by Fox 11 Los Angeles on Thursday, April 5, 2018
There appears to be no structural damage or any injuries at this point. All employees and customers are accounted for. Updates to follow.
The suspect has been identified as Hugo Gonzalez DOB 12/26/68, who lives in the City of Fontana. At this point, investigators believe that Gonzalez acted alone.
The suspect has been identified as Hugo Gonzalez DOB 12/26/68, who lives in the City of Fontana. At this point, investigators believe that Gonzalez acted alone. pic.twitter.com/h8HegBnWJb
— Ontario Police Dept. (@OntarioPD) April 6, 2018
Within the vehicle Gonzalez was driving, investigators located add’l materials similar to those used in the devices found which were found in the store. Police are currently @ an apartment in the 16500 block on Arrow Blvd. in Fontana, which is believed to be associated w/Gonzalez.
Gonzalez is currently in custody and is being interviewed by investigators. At this time, a motive for the incident is unclear. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
Ontario Bomb Squad personnel have determined that the suspect had detonated two similar devices in the store. Each device had ignited small fires to products within close proximity. Sam’s Club employees acted quickly and used fire extinguishers to put out the flames.
At this point, investigators are unaware of any additional devices and will be working throughout the night to locate any evidence. All further media inquiries will be addressed soon.
Lock that loser up.