The Orlando Massacre: 49 killed in Florida gay nightclub, shooter pledged ISIS allegiance
June, 12, 2016 /LGBT News/ A gay nightclub in orlando, Florida, was the scene of the worst terror attack in U.S. history since 9/11. 49 people were killed inside the Pulse club and at least 53 were injured, police say.
The gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, of Ft. Pierce, Florida, called 911 around the time of the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and mention the Boston bombers, according to a U.S. official.
"It appears he was organized and well-prepared," Orlando Police Chief John Mina said early Sunday. The shooter had an assault-type weapon, a handgun and "some type of (other) device on him."
Mateen was killed after a shootout with Orlando police.
President Barack Obama in a news conference said the shooting is "a sobering reminder that attacks on any American - regardless of race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation - is an attack on all of us and on the fundamental values of equality and dignity that define us as a country."
"We know enough to say this was an act of terror and act of hate," President Obama said. While the violence could have hit any American community, "this is an especially heartbreaking day for our friends who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender," he added.
While we still know very little about this morning’s brutal massacre at Pulse in Orlando, this terrible tragedy is a reminder of the threat of violence against LGBT every day, and that we must always remain vigilant.