An alleged arsonist has been taken into custody by police after reportedly going out on Election Day and setting a series of seven fires at different locations, including two churches, in the city of Jackson, Mississippi. What would a major election be without some insanity, violence, and a little destruction of property, right?
According to the Daily Wire, Devin McLaurin, 23, was arrested Tuesday evening in connection with fires, according to officials from the Jackson Police Department, in partnership with Hinds County Sheriff’s Department deputies.
“I’ve been here for 30 years. This is a major occurrence,” Patrick Armon, assistant fire chief for the Jackson Fire Department, went on to say during an interview with WAPT-TV. “This is not something we normally go to. We have about a third of our department on sites.”
CAUGHT: Hinds County Deputies were able to detain arson suspect, Delvin McLaurin. He is transferred to The Jackson Police Department.
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“Calls were received beginning around 2:45 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday morning concerning the fires. All flames were extinguished by 6 a.m. with the exception of Epiphany Lutheran Church, a historic location that burned for nearly four hours. No injuries were reported,” the Daily Wire reported.
“Ervin Ricks, communications director for Greater Bethlehem, the other church damaged by fire, said it appeared someone entered the church building and set the fire from the inside,” the report continued.
“Actually broke into the church and got in and started the fire that way,” Ricks stated during his conversation with WAPT-TV.
One of the fires that McLaurin is accused of setting occurred at the baseball field located at Jackson State University’s baseball field. The blaze is currently being investigated by Mississippi Fire Marshalls since it is considered state-owned property.
The other four locations where fires were set included a house on Pascagoula Street, a gas station on Terry Road, and two structures, one on Central Street and Dalton, the other located at Terry and Cherry Streets, according to the New York Post.
Chokwe Antar Lumumba, the mayor of Jackson, took an opportunity to address the fires during a city council meeting.
“We don’t yet know who or why, but I want to thank the firefighters because they were able to respond to that and still get back to the stations, so that people could set up for voting precincts,” Lumumba said, according to the Associated Press. The mayor’s comments came just before McLaurin was taken into custody.
“The citizens are outraged that there is a suspected arsonist in our midst,” Ward 5 Councilman Vernon Hartley, who is the representative for the areas close to where the fires occurred, told the Mississippi Clarion Ledger.
“We encourage all communities in the greater Jackson area to acknowledge that an action like this is not an action against one community. It affects us all,” he continued.
Fortunately, there were no polling stations that were damaged or impacted by the fires.
Tensions are high right now in the country as the midterm elections continue to unfold, with liberals having been whipped into a frenzy for months now by the leftist media who have managed to convince them that if Republicans win big this week, it will be all doom and gloom, as if the end of the world is nigh.
When you constantly spoon feed this kind of narrative to people, the kind of narrative that paints those who hold a different set of political or religious values than you as vile Nazis, it makes total sense when you see those individuals win critical political races that will influence the direction of the country, to freak out and panic.
And yet, the media will not be held accountable for the propaganda they produce and push that leads to these kind of acts of violence.