Forty-nine people were killed and 53 more were wounded when a gunman launched an assault on a gay nightclub in Orlando early Sunday.
What we know:
- The shooter, killed in a shootout with police after a three-hour siege, was Omar Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, Florida.
- Mateen called 911 before the attack, expressing fealty to ISIS. He had been probed by the FBI twice, but the investigations were closed. He legally bought the two guns used in the attack within the past week.
- President Obama said there was no clear evidence Mateen was part of a larger plot.
- The names of some of the victims killed in the shooting have been released, and include club-goers between the ages of 20 and 50 years old.
- Forty-three of the 53 people injured in the shooting remained hospitalized Monday, with five in grave condition.
All 49 victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre have been identified, city officials announced Monday night.
President Barack Obama will travel to Orlando on Thursday to “to pay his respects to pay his respects to victims’ families, and to stand in solidarity with the community as they embark on their recovery, White House press secretary John Earnest said Monday evening.
The announcement came after two consecutive days of remarks from Obama on the massacre.
On Sunday, he offered condolences, saying that the gunman targeted a “place of solidarity” where “people came together to be with friends, to dance and to sing, and to live.”
On Monday, he criticized “lax” American gun policies, just as he did after mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado; Newtown, Connecticut; and San Bernardino, California.
“We are going to have to think about the risks we are willing to take in being so lax in how we make powerful firearms available to people in this country,” Obama told reporters. He later added: “It’s crazy. It’s a problem and we have to do some soul-searching.”