A gunman behind the killing of 50 people in an Orlando, Florida, nightclub early Sunday has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, a U.S. citizen of Afghan descent who the FBI said committed a crime that is being investigated as an “act of terrorism.”
President Barack Obama said in remarks from the White House the massacre “marks the most deadly shooting in American history.” He added that “no act of terror or hate can change who we are.” The mass shooting, said Obama, is a “sobering reminder” that an attack on any American is “an attack on all of us.”
“Although it is still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate,” Obama added.
Earlier, Senator Bill Nelson of Florida said intelligence officials informed him the shooter may have pledged allegiance to Islamic State. He added investigators are focused on Fort Pierce, about 190 kilometers from Orlando. where the gunman lived.
Another 53 people were wounded and police fatally shot the suspect as they moved to rescue club-goers trapped inside.
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