Orlando nightclub shooting

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2016 Orlando nightclub shooting
Orlando nightclub shooting is located in Florida
Orlando nightclub shooting
Orlando nightclub shooting is located in the United States
Orlando nightclub shooting
Location of Pulse nightclub within
the U.S. state of Florida
Location1912 S. Orange Ave, Orlando, Florida, U.S.
DateJune 12, 2016 (2016-06-12)
2:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m.[1] EDT (UTC−04:00)
Attack type
Mass shooting
Domestic terrorism
Hate crime
Deaths~ 50[2][3]
Non-fatal injuries
~ 53
PerpetratorOmar Mateen[4]

The 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting was a major incident inside Pulse, a gay bar and nightclub in Orlando, Florida. It happened on June 12, 2016.

More than fifty people, including the shooter,[5] were killed in the massacre. It was the deadliest homophobic attack on LGBT people in United States history.[6] It was the deadliest attack in the U.S. since the September 11, 2001 attacks.[7][8] Until the 2017 Las Vegas shooting that killed 60 people, the Pulse shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in American history.

The gunman was Omar Mir Seddique Mateen.[5]

Incident[change | change source]

According to law enforcement officials, at an unknown time before the shooting, Mateen called the police and pledged himself to the leader of ISIS.[9][5]

At about 2:00 a.m. EDT, Mateen fired shots inside the nightclub. He was armed with a rifle, a handgun, and a "device".[8] Mateen then left the club briefly and exchanged gunfire with a police officer outside,[1] before returning inside to take hostages. Pulse posted on its Facebook page at 2:09 EDT, saying "Everyone get out of pulse and keep running".[10]

Reactions[change | change source]

United States[change | change source]

Florida governor Rick Scott described the incident as "clearly an act of terror", and declared a state of emergency.[1]

In a broadcast statement made at around 2:00 p.m. from the White House, President Barack Obama described the shooting as an "act of terror" and an "act of hate".[11] He mentioned that he has directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate the shooting as an act of terrorism, and that the full resources of the federal government would be made available.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Shapiro, Julie (June 12, 2016). "What to Know About the Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando". Time Inc. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  2. Goldman, Adam; Holley, Peter; Berman, Mark (June 12, 2016). "Orlando nightclub shooting: 50 killed in 'domestic terror incident' at gay club; gunman identified". Washington Post.
  3. Barbaba Liston. "Fifty people killed in massacre at Florida gay nightclub: police". Reuters.
  4. "Orlando gunman identified as Omar Mateen". BNO News. Archived from the original on June 13, 2016. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Perez, Evan; Prokupecz, Shimon; Brown, Pamela; Ryan, MaryLynn (June 12, 2016). "Orlando nightclub shooting: Omar Mateen was gunman, officials say". CNN. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  6. Mark Joseph Stern, The Long, Tragic History of Violence at LGBTQ Bars and Clubs in America, Slate (June 12, 2016).
  7. Kelly, Erin. "Trump, Clinton, congressional leaders react to Orlando shooting". ABC 13 News Now. USA Today. Retrieved 12 June 2016. House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, said "this appears to be the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11."
  8. 8.0 8.1 Ashley Fantz; Faith Karimi; Eliott C. McLaughlin (12 June 2016). "Orlando nightclub shooting: 50 killed in terror attack". CNN. A gay nightclub here was the scene early Sunday of the worst terror attack in U.S. history since 9/11.
  9. Grimson, Matthew; Wyllie, David; Fieldstadt, Elisha (June 12, 2016). "Orlando Nightclub Shooting: Mass Casualties After Gunman Opens Fire in Gay Club". NBC News. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  10. "Pulse Orlando". www.facebook.com.
  11. The Associated Press (June 12, 2016). "Obama Says Orlando Shooting Was An 'Act of Terror'". Bloomberg. Retrieved June 12, 2016.