Orlando Nightclub Massacre—50 People Confirmed Dead, More Possible
50 people have been confirmed dead in an Orlando nightclub shooting. An initial report on the Pulse Nightclub shooting listed 20 deaths. In about the same amount of time it took for someone to wake up, find out about the horrible massacre, and read an article on the limited details emerging from the blood and tears in Orlando, the official death toll was at 50.
That makes this the deadliest shooting in American history. Officials are not jumping to any conclusions as far as what motivated the shooter, 29 year old Omar Mateen, who died in a shootout with police at the scene. Pulse Nightclub is a popular gay nightclub, but it is unclear why specifically this attack occurred.
It could be a hate crime against homosexuals, a pro-terrorist attack in a lone-wolf attack for a terrorist organization, radical Islam motivated, or an anti-American attack. Officials don’t want to jump to any conclusions, so they are talking to Mateen’s close friends and retracing his steps to find out what was going through his mind leading up to the shooting. His father says that his motive would be that it was a gay club, saying that Mateen was angered by seeing two men kiss in Miami a few months prior. Mateen is a United States Citizen.
It is possible that the death toll will rise, as 53 other people are hospitalized. Mateen entered the club heavily armed with an assault rifle and a handgun, and there was speculation that he was carrying an explosive device, but that turned out to be false. There is no evidence or clues that Mateen had an accomplice.
The Bitter Student will keep on top of the story and keep our readers informed. We offer our thoughts and our prayers to all victims and the families of those victims.
Update 6/12 @ 1:48 PM:
There is updated information on the Orlando massacre. The gunman, Omar Mateen, has been discovered to have called 911 before the attack, giving his full name wanting his identity to be known.
During the 911 call, he pledged allegiance to ISIS, while giving away his identity, and also cited the Tsarnaev brothers in some capacity. The Tsarnaev brothers were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing a few years ago.
Mateen had been on the FBI radar for the past five years as well. This could mean that he said something on social media to catch the attention of law enforcement, said something to the wrong person, or anything that could have attracted attention of law enforcement. There was no investigation of Omar Mateen at the time of the shooting, however.
Mateen was divorced in 2011 and his ex-wife said that he was violent, mentally unstable, and beat her repeatedly. President Obama spoke briefly from the White House, saying that it “was an act of hate” and “an act of terror”. President Obama also said that it is a “sobering reminder” that an attack on one of us is an attack “on all of us”.
President Obama also stated that anything the city of Orlando or the state of Florida needs would be met and provided by the government because it could’ve happened in any city in any state.
Again, we pray for the victims and their families and anyone affected by this horrific act and we will provide timely updates with new information as we find out more.