Philadelphia police investigating alleged plot to attack convention center during ballot count
An unidentified armed man was taken into custody Thursday night after law enforcement received a tip.
A Philadelphia police investigation of an alleged plot to attack the Philadelphia Convention Center, where ballots are being counted in the highly-contested presidential election, has resulted in the confiscation of a gun and one man placed in custody.
Law enforcement received a tip that a group was driving up from Virginia in a Hummer to attack the convention center where workers and volunteers are currently counting the final ballots in Philadelphia county, reports local TV station WPVI. It’s believed the group consisted of a family.
An unidentified armed man was taken into custody Thursday night outside of the convention center, however, it is not clear if he was connected to the investigation. Philadelphia police say both the firearm and Hummer were recovered.
Earlier in the day, tensions were high as hundreds of Trump and Biden supporters clashed outside the building as ballots continued to be counted two days after the election. Since seeing his lead against Biden shrink in Pennsylvania as more mailed-in ballots were counted, Trump has falsely claimed fraud in the U.S. presidential election.
The Biden camp has confidently said they believe the former vice president will win Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral college votes, which would end Trump’s chances of reelection. In Philadelphia county, where the convention center is located, Biden has a 62+ margin lead over Trump.
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