Orlando Nightclub Shooting Kills 50
Alleged Shooter identified as Omar Mateen
An American-born man who pledged allegiance to ISIS gunned down 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in the United States and the nation’s worst terror attack since 911, authorities said Sunday.
Authorities are investigating whether the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history was an act of domestic or international terrorism, and if the shooter acted alone.
The suspected gunman, Omar Mateen, had been licensed as a private security officer in Florida. State records show suspected shooter Mateen held the firearms license since at least 2011. It was set to expire in September 2017.
It wasn’t immediately clear where, if anywhere, Mateen had worked as a security officer. An armed guard license in Florida requires 28 hours of classroom training by a licensed instructor. Officials say Mateen used an assault-style rifle in the attack.
People who were inside the gay Florida nightclub where 50 people were killed are describing a scene of mass chaos.
Two men who were in Club Pulse discussed the Sunday massacre in Facebook chats with The Associated Press.
We are dancing and all of a sudden it just started like a rolling thunder, loud and everything went black,” said victim Brand White.
The 30-year-old was with his cousin, who mentioned something about “a guy with a bomb.” After that, White says, his memory is fuzzy; he said he doesn’t recall leaving the club or who took him to the hospital.
White was shot in the shoulder. He spoke to The AP as he was being monitored at a hospital. He said he received a blood transfusion.
His cousin was unaccounted for, no one had heard from him as of 2:45 p.m.