50 Dead/53 Injured At Gay Nightclub In Orlando; 'Radical Islamic Terrorism'

June 12, 2016

Approximately 50 dead, and approximately 53 injured at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

 

Murderer identified as Omar Mateen, 29, born to Muslim parents from Afghanistan.

 

Police shot and killed the gunman after a hostage situation developed.

 

Explosives found in the the gunman’s car by canine units.

 

Law enforcement "have suggestions the individual has leanings towards 'Islamic terrorism.'"

 

Mateen shouted "Allahu Akbhar!" during the attack.

 

Orlando Police officers direct family members away from a fatal shooting at Pulse Orlando nightclub

Approximately 50 people were killed, and 53 injured inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando following a mass shooting and hostage situation.

The killer, Omar Mateen, had a vest on him suspected of being an explosive device. Canine units detected explosives in Mateen’s car.

Following a shootout with police, one police officer suffered an eye injury when a bullet struck his kevlar helmet.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said that attack appeared “organized and well-prepared."

The shooting began around 2 AM, with an officer working at the club. After the officer engaged Mateen in a shootout outside the club, Mateen ran into the club. Breaking down a door with an armored vehicle and rescuing approximately 30 club patrons, police then shot and killed Mateen.

Left-wing CNN's Jake Tapper reported that Mateen "pledged allegiance to ISIS."

 

Jermaine Towns, left, and Brandon Shuford wait down the street from a multiple shooting at the Pulse nightclub. Towns said his brother was in the club at the time. 

 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Article updated with new information at 1:50 PM, 6-12-2016.

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