Orlando shooting

A shooting at an Orlando night club is the worst mass shooting in US history with 50 reported dead and over 50 injured.

The gunman, who has been named by law enforcement sources as Omar Mateen, is also dead.

Orlando Police have described it as a “domestic terror incident” with one report saying that the lone killer has pledged allegiance to ISIS.

Stuff has a summary:

  • Reports of shots fired at 2.02am local time.
  • Orlando Police engaged in gun battle with suspect who went back into Pulse nightclub and started a hostage situation.
  • The gunman was armed with an assault-type rifle and a handgun, and had a “suspicious device” on him.
  • Orlando Police have confirmed at least 50 people died in the shooting.
  • 53 people were injured, including one police officer.
  • There were “no witness accounts of a second shooter”, according to police.
  • The gunman, named by law enforcement sources as Omar Mateen, is dead.
  • Authorities have warned the public to stay away from the area.
  • Heavily-armed police were searching cars near Orange Regional Medical Centre, a short distance from Pulse Nightclub.
  • A “loud bang” heard from inside the club was a controlled explosion by law enforcement.
  • Shortly after the attack began, a message was posted on Pulse’s Facebook account, reading: “Everyone get out of pulse and keep running”.

Barack Obama: “We will not give into fear and turn against each other”.

Barack Obama: “This is an especially heartbreaking day for our friends our fellow Americans who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.”

Newshub: Omar Mateen father says his son wasn’t religiously motivated but rampage may have been sparked by “gay couple he’d seen kissing on streets”.

The US has 5% of the world’s population, but has had 31% of public mass shootings.

ISIS has just issued its daily news bulletin. Of note – no mention of Orlando.

“The father of the shooter said his son became incensed by sight of two gay men kissing.”

While this mass shooting is the worst in US history it is claimed to be the 133rd mass shooting in the US this year, the 15th in Florida and the 4th in Orlando.

We’re 164 days into 2016. We’ve had 133 mass shootings

The non-profit Gun Violence Archive (GVA) tracks mass shootings in the United States.

And their data shows that there have been 76 days this year with mass shootings in the United States — and 88 days without.

A total of 207 people have died in those incidents, including the known victims of the shooting this morning in Orlando.

Gunman Omar Shaddiqui Mateen, 29. Had been identified by FBI as “ISIS sympathiser”. Born in New York, parents from Afghanistan.


Mass murder Omar Mateen

Mateen was previously under investigation by the FBI in 2013 and 2014.