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Fifty people were killed on Sunday morning in Orlando when a gunman, now identified as Omar Mateen, 29, opened fire at Pulse Nightclub, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Another 53 people were injured.
The Daily Beast has released a photo of Mateen:
Here’s what we know so far about the suspected shooter:
- Mateen acted alone and was killed by Orlando law enforcement.
- The Sentinel writes that he was a licensed gun owner and worked as a security guard.
- He was armed with an assault rifle, a handgun and an “unspecified device.”
- The Los Angeles Times reports Mateen may have had Islamic leanings.
- Mateen was a native of Port St. Lucie, which was about 120 miles south of Orlando’s coast. His family migrated to the U.S. from Afghanistan. He was born in New York in 1986.
- FBI says they have not ruled out terrorism as a motive.
- According to the Huffington Post, the father of the suspected gunman says his son was not driven by religious ideology, but instead a gay kiss he witnessed between two men in Miami a few months ago.
- Mateen was previously married. His ex-wife told The Washington Post that he was abusive during their marriage.
- NBC News reports that Mateen called 911moments before the shooting to pledge allegiance to ISIS.
This is the deadliest mass shooting in United States history and Orlando has declared a state of emergency.
Story is developing, check back for updates.
SOURCES: Orlando Sentinel, Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, NBC News, The Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter
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What We Know About Suspected Orlando Gunman, Omar Mateen was originally published on newsone.com
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