The religion of peace strikes again! Details are being released of a shooting taking place in an Orlando nightclub. Pulse, a popular bar and nightclub for LGBT patrons, came under attack in the early morning hours of Sunday, approximately 2:00am.
Details are just now coming to light, but it appear the gunman is Omar Mateen, whose parents immigrated to the US from Afghanistan, and it is said that he pledged his allegiance to ISIS on a 911 call during the hostage taking.
ISIS claims responsibility for Florida gay club massacre: American-Afghan terrorist phoned 911 to pledge allegiance to group DURING attack before he was killed by cops
- US citizen Omar Mateen, 29, opened fire inside Pulse gay club in Orlando in the early hours of Sunday morning
- Mateen, from Port St. Lucie in Florida, killed at least 50 people, injured 53 and took about 100 party-goers hostage
- Police used an explosive device to distract the gunman and rescued around 30 people who had been taken hostage
- Officers engaged in gunfire with the man and an officer was shot in the head, but he was saved by his helmet
- Mateen was eventually shot dead by officers shortly after 5am – three hours after the massacre began
- Shooter had an associates degree in criminal justice and worked as a security guard with a company called G4S
- Mateen was a ‘known quantity’ to the FBI and was investigated twice before the mass shooting
Shooter Omar Mateen, 29, from Port St. Lucie in Florida, opened fire at Pulse night club in the early hours of Sunday, killing at least 50 people and injuring 53 others.
This is the first time ISIS has claimed responsibility for an attack on US soil.
Shortly before the attack, Mateen, who was born in New York to Afghan parents, called 911 and pledged allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, law enforcement officials told NBC News.
And the terror group’s Amaq news agency said on Sunday the Islamist militant group was responsible for the shooting.
‘The armed attack that targeted a gay night club in the city of Orlando in the American state of Florida which left over 100 people dead or injured was carried out by an Islamic State fighter,’ Amaq said.
U.S. officials cautioned, however, that they had no immediate evidence of any direct connection with ISIS or any other foreign extremist group, nor had they uncovered any contacts between the gunman and any such group.
During the attack, Mateen referenced the brothers who carried out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, a Massachusetts State Police spokesman said on Sunday.
‘During a conference call with federal law enforcement officials a short time ago, Massachusetts State Police and other local law enforcement authorities learned that the Orlando nightclub gunman, during his rampage, pledged allegiance to ISIS and referenced the Tsarnaev brothers,’ state police spokesman David Procopio said in an e-mail.