Omar Mir Seddique Mateen conservativeoutfitters
Authorities identified the shooter as Omar Mir Seddique Mateen, a 29-year-old man born in New York with Afghan origins.
Pulse nightclub in the US state of Florida nytimes
The nightclub, which calls itself “Orlando’s Latin Hotspot,” was holding its weekly “Upscale Latin Saturdays” party with three D.J.s and a midnight show.
Inside of Pulse night club
Ron Hopper, special FBI agent in charge of the Orlando office, said that Mateen was interviewed twice by the agency in 2013, after he made “inflammatory comments” to co-workers alleging possible “terrorist ties”. The FBI closed the investigations as they turned out to be “inconclusive” at that time, Hopper said.
Orlando Police chief John Mina described the shooting as “one of the worst tragedies we have seen”, adding that police officers “were shaken by what they have seen inside the club”.
One witness said he heard about 40 shots being fired.
Fearing explosives, police evacuated about 200 people from the apartment complex where Mateen lived while they looked through his residence for evidence.
U.S. officials cautioned that they had no immediate evidence of any direct connection between the Florida attack and Islamic State or other foreign extremist group.