The worst mass shooting in U.S. history happened at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. 50 people were killed and another 53 injured inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, Orlando, FL. The death count could continue to rise as police frantically attempt to figure out the motive for such a horrendous attack.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said he had declared a state of emergency for the city and has requested the governor do the same for the state.
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The shooter has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando. Orlando authorities said they consider the violence an act of domestic terror. The FBI is involved. While investigators are exploring all angles, they “have suggestions the individual has leanings towards (Islamic terrorism), but right now we can’t say definitely,” said Ron Hopper, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Orlando bureau. Authorities are also looking into the possibility the attack was a hate crime. Only time will tell.
Omar Mateen had a concealed carry license and security license in Florida. ~ RedState
Before Sunday, the deadliest shootings in U.S. history were at Virginia Tech in 2007 and Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, with 32 and 27 killed.
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