Omar Mateen angrep nattklubben Pulse Nightclub i Orlando med rifle og håndvåpen. Ifølge den siste pressekonferansen er 50 personer bekreftet drept og 53 skadd . De fleste av de skadde er i en kritisk tilstand. Mange av nattklubbgjestene ble også tatt som gisler. Terroristen ble skutt og drept av politiet fire timer etter at han begynte angrepet. Politiet kaller det for et «nasjonalt terrorangrep». Øyenvitner sier at terroristen hadde en bombe festet til kroppen. Gjerningsmannen er identifisert som Omar Mateen.
A gunman armed with an assault rifle, handgun and an explosive device has shot more than 40 people – killing around 20 – after taking party-goers hostage inside a nightclub in Orlando.
An unknown number of people were killed and 42 were taken to hospital after the gunman, believed to be in his 20s, opened fire inside Pulse nightclub, in what police are calling a ‘domestic terror attack’.
Eyewitnesses described the gunman having a bomb strapped to himself when he started shooting today.
En talsmann for FBI melder at massedrapet vil bli etterforsket som terrorisme. Gjerningsmannen skal ikke ha vært fra området og FBI tror at han kan ha vært en radikalisert muslim.
An FBI spokesman says the mass shooting is being investigated as an act of terrorism. He says authorities are looking into whether this was an act of domestic or international terror, and if the shooter was a lone wolf.
Police said the gunman was not a local man and the FBI believe he may have ‘leanings to radical Islamic terrorism’.
Det meldes at han er amerikansk statsborger med afghanske foreldre. Han er ikke tidligere straffet.
Skytingen begynte like før stengetid.
Club-goer Rob Rick said it happened around, 2 a.m., just before closing time. ‘Everybody was drinking their last sip,’ he said.
He estimated more than 100 people were still inside when he heard shots, got on the ground and crawled toward a DJ booth.
A bouncer knocked down a partition between the club area and an area in the back where only workers are allowed. People inside were able to then escape through the back of the club.