Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, June 12, 2016. Shooter Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to ISIS in one of his three calls to 911 before carrying out the attack, and ISIS’s Al Bayan radio station called him one of its “soldiers of the Caliphate”. “We do have suggestions that that individual may have leanings towards that, that particular ideology”.
Authorities were looking into whether the shooter acted alone, according to Danny Banks, an agent with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. “The complexity of trying to navigate our laws and Constitution while trying to maintain optimal security is a really hard challenge”.
Mina said he later made the hard decision to burst into the club after Mateen made comments in telephone calls about “bomb vests, about explosives”.
According to Tampa FBI Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Ronald Hopper, the FBI had investigated Mateen twice: In 2013, after he “made inflammatory comments to coworkers alleging possible terrorist ties” and in 2014 when the agency evaluated his possible ties to US suicide bomber Moner Mohammad Abusalha.
Comey said there are “strong indications of radicalization by this killer and of inspiration by foreign terrorist organization” in the case.
“I thank you for the outpouring of support we’ve received throughout New Zealand from old friends and new friends”.
The slaughter triggered worldwide shock and outrage, but has also raised questions about USA counter-terror strategy and gun laws.
US Ambassador to New Zealand Mark Gilbert also spoke at the vigil. “All we can say is you are not on your own right now”.
The latest media reports also said IS has claimed responsibility for the nightclub attack.
Seddique Mateen, who public records indicate is the father of Omar Mateen, had an occasional television show on a USA -based Afghan satellite channel for about three years, and has continued to post political commentaries on his Facebook page as recently as Sunday.
In an interview with CNN’s Drew Griffin, the imam at the Fort Pierce Islamic Center, Dr. Syed Shafeeq Rahman, says Mateen was playful and more social when young, but recently kept to himself.
Khatab said Seddique Mateen’s political views were largely anti-Pakistan.
Workers removed the bodies four at a time on stretchers and loaded them into white vans. Revelers had been celebrating Gay Pride month across Orlando for almost two weeks.
“I didn’t raise him that way”, Seddique Mateen said. “They showed professionalism and extraordinary bravery that saved lives”, he said. He also urged “collective actions to end such attacks”.
So far, it remained unknown if Mateen was motivated by the terror group the Islamic State (IS), though US media reports said he called 911 before the shooting to swear allegiance to IS.
The IS has said it was behind the attack, but the extent of its involvement is not clear.
Thirty-nine of the dead were killed at the club, and the others died at hospitals, the mayor said. “If not, then that would definitely be a problem”.
Police later added more names to the list. Tamerlan Tsarnaev came to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation before the attack, but that case was also closed and the information wasn’t shared with local authorities, King said. “But then, a few months after we were married, I saw his instability and I saw that he was bipolar and he would get mad out of nowhere”.
Author and research fellow at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Faisal Tehrani was disappointed with netizens’ comments, saying it reflects that more Muslims are embracing extremism and rigidity, which is “scary”. “The FBI doesn’t have the personnel to keep tabs on everybody”.
On Monday morning, officials emphasized that there was no immediate threat to the public.