Police have identified the gunman in the mass shooting at a gay club in Florida as year-old Omar Mateen , an American citizen whose parents are from Afghanistan. Authorities in Orlando said they were investigating the shooting as an act of terrorism, as the death toll rose to 50 with a further 53 wounded. The gunman was killed in a shootout with armed officers at around 5am on Sunday morning, US time. He was armed with an assault-type rifle, a handgun and some sort of "suspicious device", police said. ABC News reported he had been on police's "radar", though not subject to an investigation.
What to Know About the Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando
50 killed as gunman attacks Orlando gay club - The Boston Globe
The shooter has been identified by officials as Omar Mateen of St. Lucie County, Florida, a U. After the shooting began, he called to pledge his allegiance to ISIS, according to law enforcement officials. Officials announced at a morning news conference that the death toll of the attack had risen to 50 dead, more than doubling what had been reported earlier. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer called today "the most difficult day in the history of Orlando" at news conference this afternoon. Mateen's parents were born in Afghanistan, and he was "on the radar" of U. A police officer working at the club exchanged fire with Mateen outside of the club at a.
Effects Of Pulse Nightclub Shooting Linger In Orlando
On June 12, a 29 year old man named Omar Mateen walked into Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and killed 50 people and wounded 53 people. Omar Mateen was a security guard wanting a future in law enforcement. Pulse is a popular gay nightclub and Mateen entered the nightclub around 2 a. He began shooting anyone and everyone in the dark and loud nightclub while people ran to hide and protect themselves from getting shot.
In the midst of the attack, Mateen called and pledged his allegiance to ISIS , according to two law enforcement officials. ISIS, which is based in Syria, has targeted gay men for beatings and murder in the Middle East and has filmed its members throwing some men suspected of being gay from the roofs of buildings. During Mateen's , he also made reference to the Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, officials said.