The Tampa Police Department called on their bomb squad this morning after finding a several weapons inside a Jeep near the University of South Florida main campus.
According to preliminary information from TPD, a National Guardsman identified as 29-year-old Clay Sidney Allred, fired an AK-47-style rifle several times outside of the Mobil gas station at North 30th Street and East Fowler Avenue after getting into an argument with a clerk inside the store.
The store owner told FOX 13 that Allred tried to buy energy drinks, started urinating at the check-out counter, and got upset when the clerk asked him to leave.
Allred told the clerk, who's of Pakistani descent, "I don't like your people," according to the store owner.
Police say Allred then left the store, got into his red Jeep Wrangler, pulled out of his parking space, stopped to fire three shots, and took off.
A short time later, an officer pulled Allred over near Fletcher Avenue and Magnolia Drive. The officer arrested him and called for backup after finding several weapons and military gear inside his vehicle.
The bomb squad was called to identify all of the weapons. Police said they found several loaded guns, the AK-47 knockoff, a bat, a hatchet, and a white mask inside the Jeep.
Allred was arrested for aggravated assault related to a hate crime, shooting from a vehicle, and criminal mischief.
Neighbors at Allred's Tampa apartment say they're disturbed to hear the news.
"I can't believe it, especially when he lives next to me, knowing that that was in his trunk," said Megan Staats. "That's absolutely absurd."
The Council on American-Islamic Relations plans to follow the case closely and reach out to the victim.
"He's not alone. There is justice. He shouldn't be afraid," said Thania Clevenger, civil rights director with CAIR Florida. "That's how the individuals who are bigoted win."
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