According to a call to 911, the shooter / terrorist Mateen pledged his allegiance to the current leader of ISIS.
The shooter who killed at least 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando has been identified as Omar Mateen, law enforcement sources told The Post.
Mateen was a U.S. citizen with no apparent criminal history, was born to Afghan parents in New York in 1986 and was living in Port St. Lucie, Fla., sources said.
Omar Mateen had committed himself to ISIS before carrying out the bloodiest mass murder in US history at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday, federal officials said.
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Mateen “made a pledge of allegiance to ISIS,” California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told CNN.
Meanwhile, US Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) cited intelligence sources to say that there “appears to be a link to Islamic radicalism .. some kind of connection to ISIS,” ABC News reported.
Mateen was a U.S. citizen with no apparent criminal history, was born to Afghan parents in New York in 1986 and was living in Port St. Lucie, Fla., according to multiple media reports.
“At this point, this is an incident, as I can see it, we can certainly classify as a domestic terror incident,” Jerry Demings of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office said.
The shooting — one of the worst mass shootings in US history — left at least 50 people dead, including the gunman, and more than 53 wounded, officials said. – nypost.com
NBC news has been reporting all morning that a 911 phone call occurred before the massacre where the shooter pledged his allegiance to ISIS.
Will the nation see this as a hate crime or a terrorist attack? Or both?
No matter the reason, it doesn't lessen the loss.