Federal authorities have arrested Dwayne A. Vandergrift and charged him with detonating an explosive device outside of a Gloucester City, New Jersey gym that is popular with the LGBTQ community.
Agents found “substantial quantities of bomb-making materials, numerous weapons, including an unregistered short-barreled rifle, several tactical vests outfitted with body armor and loaded 30-round ammunition magazines, and a marijuana grow operation containing approximately 85 marijuana plants” after executing a search warrant at his home, according to U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito.
Vandergrift is shown on surveillance cameras placing the device in front of G-City Crossfit around 4 a.m. and running away. The bomb detonated, shattering the gym’s glass front door.
The suspect’s digital history showed that he had “recently researched how to construct and utilize various explosive devices, including pipe and pressure cooker bombs,” Carpentino said.
While authorities haven’t released a motive for the crime, many in the local community believe it was because the gym has a pride flag hanging in front.