Sunday, 12 June 2016

Update on Pulse massacre where 50 people are reported dead and 53 seriously injured

What we know

  • A gunman opened fire inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., killing 50 people and leaving 53 others hospitalized in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
  • The suspect was identified as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen whose family is believed to be from Afghanistan. 
  • Mateen, who was carrying an assault-style rifle, handgun and possibly an explosive device, was killed after exchanging fire with officers at 5 a.m. He had taken hostages inside.
  • According to officials, Mateen called 911 during the attack to pledge his allegianceto ISIS.
  • Federal officials are investigating Mateen's possible ties to radical terror organizations. He was known to the FBI, which questioned him in 2013 bufound histies were insignificant.
  • Mateen's father expressed shock over the attackbut said his son did have held anti-gay views.
  • Witnesses described a chaotic scene as they attempted to flee.
  • Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer called for patience as authorities continued the gruesome task of removing bodies from the club.
  • The names of the victims are being released as next of kin are notified, police said.
  •  Florida officials called on the public for blood donations, and donors showed up in droves.
  • President Obama called the shooting "an act of terror and an act of hate."
  • Both presumptive 2016 presidential nominees weighed in on the massacre. 
  • Donald Trump called on Obama to "step down" for not using the term "radical Islam."
  • Hillary Clinton said the mass shooting underscores the need for stricter gun control.
  • "Weapons of war have no place on our streets," Clinton said.

SOURCE: Yahoo News