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What the h***?  CNN is reporting this like it just happened, but it's 10:20AM there.  When did this thing happen?

Police are calling it terrorism and suggesting the shooter was sympathetic to ISIS ideology.  That's awfully fast for police to make that kind of suggestion after a shooting even before they've named the shooter.  

I'm on the other side of the world, so can't access different news sources.  CNN is all I've got.  Any new info from the states?

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3 minutes ago, mdrake34 said:

It happened around 2:00 am EST. 20 dead, 42 injured, awful. RIP to the victims. 

Okay, and it looks like hte suspect has been named - Omar Mateen.  A US citizen from Port St. Lucie in southeast Florida.  Possible homegrown terrorist, but we don't know yet.  They only said he was a US citizen, not whether he was naturalized or born in the US.

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1 minute ago, mdrake34 said:

FBI is saying they are investigating allegations that the shooter made terroristic threats in the past, but they're still vetting those claims. 

Fox News is already running with the Islamic terrorism angle, CNN is being more cautious. 

The FBI were quick to suggest radical Islamic terrorism like they already had him on their radar. 

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1 minute ago, mdrake34 said:

FBI is saying they are investigating allegations that the shooter made terroristic threats in the past, but they're still vetting those claims. 

Fox News is already running with the Islamic terrorism angle, CNN is being more cautious. 

CNN is reporting the Islamic terrorism angle as well.  I saw that the police themselves suggested that he had sympathetic leanings to ISIS "ideology".  So that's looking most likely at the moment.  

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1 minute ago, Leon Troutsky said:

Yeah, it's very unusual for them to declare suspicion over Islamic terrorism so quickly.  I suspect that you're right that they had this guy on their radar already.

The FBI wasn't this quick to suggest terrorism with the San Benardino attack. They had to have known this guy.  

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1 minute ago, mdrake34 said:

Yeah it would appear that way. That will certainly change the national discussion, in the past it has been "what could we have done to identify this person before hand," but now it will be "why didn't they do anything about him if they already knew." 

I wonder if he was on the terrorist watch list.  

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17 minutes ago, mdrake34 said:

Yeah it would appear that way. That will certainly change the national discussion, in the past it has been "what could we have done to identify this person before hand," but now it will be "why didn't they do anything about him if they already knew." 

They also knew about the Boston Bombers (Tsarnaev brothers) but they treated them with kid gloves and now this incident.  Procedures/policies regarding suspected terrorists must now be rethought before we have another calamity such as this. 

Prayers and condolences to all the families involved.  

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26 minutes ago, Leon Troutsky said:

Could someone post the Heavy.com article titled "5 things to know about Omar Mateen"?  For some unknown reason, the website is censored by the government here.  

Here’s what you need to know:


1. The Gunman Exchanged Fire With a Police Officer Outside the Club Before Going Inside & Taking Hostages

 
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shots being fired outside of #PulseOrlando #PulseShooting. (Via Anthony Torres on Facebook, http://goo.gl/CxnwFM )

The gunman, Omar Mateen, was engaged in a shootout with police outside the night club at about 2 a.m., police said at a press conference. Mateen then entered the night club and took hostages.“The officer engaged in a gun battle with that suspect. The suspect at some point went back inside the club and more shots were fired. This did turn into a hostage situation,” Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a press conference.

Mateen was armed with an “assault-type” rifle, a handgun and a “suspicious device,” authorities said.

Management at Pulse took to Facebook to warn people to stay away. Everyone is being asked to stay out of the area.

The attack occurred during Latin Night at Pulse, the one of the largest gay clubs in Orlando.

Kenya Michaels was scheduled to perform at midnight and the shooting took place around 2 a.m. Michaels’ colleagues, who were also at Pulse, are OK, according to posts that were making the rounds on social media. Roxy Andrews posted on Facebook that she was in Tampa and was fine, and that Axel Andrews and Angelica Michelle Jones made it out OK.

Fans of Michaels were on Facebook, posting and requesting an update on the performer’s status. They were asking in response to her post about performing if she was safe. It was later determined that Michaels made it out safe also.

The nightclub was at full capacity when the shooting began. One person, who was at Pulse,posted on Twitter that he was just able to get out, but others were still inside when he fled.

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Orlando Shooting: Videos From Pulse Nightclub Attack

Several people were shot at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The gunman has been killed. Watch videos from the scene here.

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2. He Was Killed by a SWAT Team in an Effort to Rescue Hostages

Sun is coming up. Shooter is dead, scene still very active

Mateen died at the scene after he was shot by police at about 5 a.m.. He had barricaded himself in the nightclub after opening fire. Witnesses reported that some of their friends were hiding in dressing rooms and bathrooms, trying to stay safe.A video from the scene appears to show the moment the SWAT team engaged in a final gun battle with the suspect:PrTDjgJSZiGBXa9l.jpg

Gunfire exchanged at #pulse nightclub hostage situation in#Orlando.

 
An officer was wounded during the shootout, but was saved by his Kevlar helmet, police said. More than 30 hostages were rescued from the club.Mateen has no known criminal history, according to CBS News.It is not clear if he was known to federal authorities prior to the attack.
3. The FBI Says They Are Investigating the Shooter’s Background & Possible Connections to Islamic Terrorism

Local FBI Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Ron Hopper said at the press conference that there are “suggestions” the gunman “may have leanings” toward Jihadist ideology. Hopper had been asked about whether the shooter was connected to radical Islamic terrorism.

Hopper said they can’t say definitively whether the gunmen is connected to that ideology. He said we’re looking into all angles right now.”

Police were searching Mateen’s home in Port St. Lucie on Sunday morning:

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FBI and PSLPD now on scene at Port St. Lucie home listed for 29-year-old Omar Mateen - @GabrielleSarann

 
 

 

ISIS supporters and sympathizers on Twitter posted messages after the shooting, but there have been no official claims by the Islamic State terror organization.

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READ: ‘ISIS’ Tweets Anti-Gay Messages After Orlando Shooting

Islamic State sympathizers on Twitter have begun to tweet anti-LGBT messages with the hashtag #Pulse following the shooting at the Orlando nightclub where 20 people were killed by gunman Omar Mateen.

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4. The Gunman Was Organized & Well-Prepared

According to American News - a shooter has barricaded himself inside downtown Orlando Nightclub Pulse

The FBI says the gunman was “organized and well-prepared.” Police have not released further details about the plot or whether anyone else was involved.Police have asked anyone with information about the shooting and the gunman to come forward.“If you have some information, no matter how small you think it may be, that would relate back to today’s events, please share it with us,” Hopper said. “I would urge you to call the 1-800-CALL-FBI public access line, we have phones standing by to take any information or lead whatsoever.”Hopper said they will be conducting interviews and a huge FBI presence will be seen in coming days.The shooting comes one night after former Voice contestant Christina Grimmie was gunned down outside of Plaza Live, about four miles away from Pulse. The gunman in that shooting,Kevin Loibl, fatally shot himself, police said.But police said the shootings are not connected.
5. Mateen’s Parents Are From Afghanistan & He Was Married in 2009
 
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Walking to ORMC now. I'm ok. Friend got shot. I've never seen so much blood and mayhem or been so scared ever.

 
oth of Mateen’s parents are originally from Afghanistan, according to CBS News.Mateen was born in New York, NBC News reports.

He was married in 2009, public records show. It is not clear if he was still married at the time of the attack.

Mateen is a registered Democrat who has also lived in Fort Pierce, Florida, according to online records.

He was also a notary public in Florida, but his license, issued in 2008, expired in 2012, records show.

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Pulse Orlando, Florida Shooting: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A mass shooting occurred at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. See details about the shooter and watch the press conference here.

Click here to read more

 


db4f92d64f29b8828a96f72740e9578a?s=96&d=Tom Cleary is a reporter and editor for Heavy.com. Tom was a breaking news reporter at the Connecticut Post and an editor at the Register Citizen and New Haven Register. He can be reached by email at Tom.Cleary@Heavy.com. Follow him on Twitter@tomwcleary. 
June 12, 2016 10:24 am
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I'm really not surprised that the terrorist attack happened at a gay nightclub. I use to (sometimes) direct traffic in Kabul to allow convoys free pass. The young Afghan men would drive by me yelling "f_gg_t" like it was the only English word they knew. Being openly gay there was a death sentence. 

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