The shooting at the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse is being called one of the worst mass shootings in US history. The shooter walked into the club armed with a handgun and assault rifle and opened fire on patrons. Reports are stating that at least 100 people were in the club’s Latin night promotion. It was decided around 4:00 a.m. that the danger to the hostages and others was imminent and a takedown of the armed suspect was initiated. Police used a Bearcat Assault Vehicle to break through a club wall and the suspect was shot dead. A handgun and an assault type weapon were recovered from the suspect and multiple unknown devices were found on his body. At this time ,at least 53 people have been reported injured and at least 50 people are reported dead. The exact number of deaths has not been released because some victims are still lying on the dance floor as the crime scene is being processed. An FBI spokesperson stated that there are suggestions that the individual may have Radical Islamic leanings. In addition, police are stating that the attack seemed well planned and others might be involved. The investigation is still underway and new details are constantly being updated.
Here are 5 things to know about the Pulse shooting in Orlando and the now identified shooter.
- The shooter is identified as Omar Sadiqqi Mateen, and is in his late 20s from Port St. Lucie, Florida.
- He reportedly has had weapons training.
- Mateen had no criminal background.
- His parents are from Afghanistan and he was born in New York City.
- Witnesses state he was wearing what looked like a “suicide vest” and was laughing as he gunned down his victims.