Massacre in Orlando: The Latest

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 Obama to Travel to Orlando Thursday

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.”

FBI Investigates Whether Orlando Gunman Omar Mateen Visited Pulse Before Massacre

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.o Orlando Thursday

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.”

 

FBI Investigates Whether Orlando Gunman Omar Mateen Visited Pulse Before Massacre

The FBI is looking into the possibility that Omar Mateen visited Pulse nightclub and tried to communicate with some of its patrons on a gay dating app before he gunned down 49 people at the club in Orlando, authorities told NBC News on Monday.

Cord Cedeno, a customer at the club, told MSNBC-TV on Monday that Mateen tried to get in contact with him through Grindr, a dating application for gay and bisexual men, but that he blocked Mateen “because he was creepy.”

Cedeno said that after Mateen killed 49 people and wounded 53 others at Pulse early Sunday, “I recognized him off Grindr.” Mateen, 29, was killed in a shootout with police after a three-hour standoff.

“That’s not his first time there,” Cedeno said. “He’s been there several times. I know that for a fact.”

An FBI official told NBC News that investigators are reviewing similar reports, as well as statements by members of Orlando’s gay community who said they recall having seen Mateen at the club several times before.

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