Worst mass shooting in US history.
As investigators continue their work, they are asking anyone with information about Mateen to contact the authorities.
We all woke up Sunday morning to the devastating news that a shooting at an Orlando area nightclub resulted in quote “massive casualties”.
The worst mass shooting in US history happened in Orlando yesterday. 50 dead, another 53 wounded. All done by one Treasure Coast man. 29-year old Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce, an American citizen. He walked into an Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning and opened fire. He used a handgun and an AR-15 rifle. The AR-15 is the civilian version of the M16 assault rifle. Both guns were purchased legally less than a week ago. The FBI was aware of Mateen for the past several years.
The FBI investigated and actually interviewed Mateen twice at the time, but ultimately were unable to verify his comments and closed the investigation. But he was back on their radar a year later.
The Associated Press has reported that Mateen was a bodybuilder and wanted to be a cop. His ex-wife added that Mateen was bi-polar, and attributed the attack to his mental illness, not any alliance with terrorist groups.
At first they told us 20 but that proved to be too low. We just heard that it was 49. The shooter is not included in this count. In a press conference this morning that was clarified.
Before his deadly assault on the Orlando nightclub Mateen called 9-1-1 and told them his full name, and then pledged allegiance to ISIS. ISIS would later claim that the attack was carried out by an ISIS fighter.
The shooting began about 2am Sunday morning at the Pulse Nightclub, a gay bar located at the southern end of downtown Orlando. The club was hosting a popular Latin night, and was packed with hundreds of people. After an initial round of shooting an off-duty police officer who was working security engaged the shooter, forcing him to retreat back into the club. That’s when officers say it changed from an active shooter situation into a hostage situation. Multiple agencies responded to the scene, and around 5am the SWAT team breached the club. The gunman was killed during the shootout. A SWAT officer was shot in the head, his life saved by his kevlar helmet.
Spoke with our officer, he is ok. We are glad he is alright and not seriously injured. Kevlar helmet saved his life. https://t.co/yHw1sGvosH
— Sheriff John Mina (@SheriffMina) June 13, 2016
Officers say that their actions saved the lives of 30 victims still trapped by the gunman. With the immediate danger over, attention turned to identifying the gunman, 29-year old Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce.
At some point the suspect came out with two handguns and shot at officers, they returned fire and killed the suspect pic.twitter.com/5A7MxoehKa
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 13, 2016
The FBI and local law enforcement agencies were set up outside of both his apartment in Fort Pierce, and his parents home on Bayshore Blvd in Port St Lucie.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 13, 2016
Billy Corben shared these tweets /
— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) June 12, 2016
— Evan Lambert (@EvanLambertTV) June 12, 2016
The FBI is at the house in Ft Pierce
FBI begins search at Orlando gunman Omar Mateen’s home in Fort Pierce: FBI agents arrived late Sunday at the 17th… https://t.co/eDp53k58qO
— Jupiter PB News (@jupiterpbnews) June 13, 2016
The people from Port St Lucie want the Media to understand he that lived in Ft Pierce which is in St Lucie County. Please look at your geography.
Lone wolf or Isis? Directed on non directed? It’s still a hate crime and terrorism. It’s time for the news media to understand bipolar disorder and what steroids does to a person like this. This is not making excuses but simply asking everyone to keep their eye on what happened here. For once could we have an honest conversation? If the FBI comes forward with new information that he was connected to ISIS then we go from there. This person was racist, homophobic and committed the worse act of terrorism in the US. Is that not enough? It’s a lot to deal with.
We need to take a breath. We need to stop pushing agendas that have nothing to do with this.
Our hearts go out to Orlando, to the victims and to the families. Our prayers are with you.