“Sources have confirmed to CBS News that authorities are investigating whether the suspect, Omar Mateen, had ties to Islamic terrorism. Mateen is a U.S. citizen with no apparent criminal history, according to sources.” That’s just the kind of person ISIS is trying to recruit, so they won’t attract law enforcement attention, even while gathering materials for a mass murder attack like this one.
Omar M. Mateen Age 29 Born Nov 16, 1986 Registered DEMOCRAT
His Roommate since April 30, 2016. Maybe possible terror connection:
He held no CCW permit:
He held a Notary Commission with the state of Florida which Expired in 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. – A shooting and hostage situation early Sunday morning at a Florida nightclub — which describes itself as “Orlando’s hottest gay bar” — left multiple people dead, including the gunman, officials say.
Sources have confirmed to CBS News that authorities are investigating whether the suspect, Omar Mateen, had ties to Islamic terrorism. Mateen is a U.S. citizen with no apparent criminal history, according to sources.
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said “many lives were lost and many more individuals were impacted by witnessing” the shootout and hostage situation.
Orlando Police chief John Mina said “around 20” people are believed dead inside the nightclub, although he and others were hesitant to provide firm numbers as the situation was still being assessed early Sunday morning.
Local hospitals report receiving at least 42 patients from the incident.
Witnesses tell CBS affiliate WKMG as well as other local news outlets that there are numerous fatalities. Police have so far only confirmed that the gunman is dead.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings described the situation as a “domestic terror incident,” although he and other officials insisted there was no ongoing threat.
Mina said the incident at Pulse nightclub began around 2:20 a.m., when shots rang out and an officer already posted at the event engaged the gunman, whom Mina said was armed with an assault rifle, a handgun, and a “device” of some kind that officials believed was a threat. Mina said the gunman appeared organized and well-prepared for the incident….