Police: Muslim Kills 'At least 50 People' In Act Of Domestic Terrorism At Orlando Gay Nightclub
Gunfire erupted at Pulse nightclub in Orlando early on Sunday, June 12, killing about 50 people and injuring about 53 others, according to police. Orange County sheriff Jerry Demings says the event can be classified as a "domestic terror incident." (Reuters)
A gunman opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando, killing about 20 people and injuring dozens more in a rampage that turned into a deadly hostage situation.
Police in Orlando said “approximately 20 people” were killed in what authorities are calling an act of domestic terrorism, and many others were injured in the violence at Pulse, a popular gay bar and dance club.
Officials said the shooter was shot and killed by police officers in a shootout.
The suspected gunman was identified by relatives and law enforcement officials as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old from Fort Pierce, Fla. One relative said that Mateen’s family was in shock after being told on Sunday morning about his involvement. This relative said Mateen’s family was very sorry about what had happened.
Police have not identified a possible motive, and details about Mateen’s background were scarce on Sunday morning. His family is from Afghanistan, while Mateen is believed to have been born in the United States.
“It appears he was organized and well-prepared,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a Sunday-morning news conference, noting that the shooter had an “assault-type” weapon and a handgun.
At least 42 people were transported to various hospitals, Mina said, adding that one officer was wounded.
“This is an incident … that we certainly classify as a domestic terror incident,” Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said at the news conference. The FBI is involved in the investigation, authorities said.