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Terror Strikes Florida With Worst Mass Shooting In U.S. History

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  • 50 people were gunned down in a Florida gay club with 53 more people seriously injured on early Sunday.
  • The shooter is Omar S. Mateen, a legal Florida resident, but may have had ties with ISIS.
  • Although this is too early to call, authorities are speculating that this may have been a terrorist attack and Islamic State leaders have called for blood during Ramadan.
  • This was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history and if terrorism the worst such attack on U.S. soil since 9/11.

A gunman killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Sunday in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history which authorities described as a possible act of terrorism.

Police killed the shooter, who was identified as Omar S. Mateen, a Florida resident. A top U.S. congressman said Mateen may have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group.

U.S. officials cautioned, however, that they had no immediate evidence of any direct connection with Islamic State or any other foreign extremist group.

Fifty-three people were wounded in the rampage, which Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said was the deadliest single U.S. shooting incident, eclipsing the 32 people killed in the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech university.

“Today we’re dealing with something that we never imagined and is unimaginable,” Dyer said, more than doubling an earlier estimate that about 20 bodies had been found.

A police officer working as a security guard inside the Pulse nightclub, which has operated in downtown Orlando since 2004 and was hosting some 350 revelers, exchanged fire with the suspect at about 2 a.m. ET, police officials said.

“Everyone get out of pulse and keep running,” the club’s management wrote on Facebook as the incident unfolded.

A hostage situation developed, and three hours later SWAT team officers used armored cars to storm the club before shooting dead the gunman. It was unclear when the victims were killed.

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Dozens of terrified patrons, some of whom had been hiding in restrooms, were rescued. One officer was injured when he was hit in his helmet while exchanging fire with the gunman, police said.

Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on a congressional intelligence committee, noted that the shooting took place during Ramadan, and that ISIS leaders in Syria have urged attacks during this time.

“The target was an LGBT nightclub during Pride, and – if accurate – that according to local law enforcement the shooter declared his allegiance to ISIS, (that) indicates an ISIS-inspired act of terrorism,” Schiff said in a statement.

‘DIFFERENT KIND OF CASE’

If confirmed as an act of terrorism, it would stand as the deadliest such attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001, when al Qaeda-trained hijackers crashed jetliners into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, killing some 3,000 people.

A pair of ethnic Chechen brothers killed three people and injured more than 260 with a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon in April 2013

Asked if the FBI suspected the gunman might have had inclinations toward militant Islam, including a possible sympathy for Islamic State, Ronald Hopper, an assistant FBI agent in charge, told reporters: “We do have suggestions that the individual may have leanings toward that particular ideology. But right now we can’t say definitively.”

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who sits on the Senate intelligence and foreign relations committees, told CNN he understood that the gunman had worked for a security company and so would have undergone some background checks.

“Over the next couple of days they’re going to be looking to see where this individual was inspired to carry out this horrifying act of terrorism,” Rubio said. “I think we’re going to be talking about a very different kind of case here soon.”

President Barack Obama ordered the federal government to provide any assistance needed to Florida police investigating the shooting, the White House said. He was due to speak later Sunday.

The attacker was carrying an assault rifle and a handgun, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said. He was also carrying an unidentified “device”, Orlando Police Chief John Mina said earlier.

Video footage showed police officers and civilians carrying some people away from the club and bending over others on the ground. Dozens of police cruisers, ambulances and other emergency vehicles could be seen in the area.

‘HORRIFIC ACT’

“It’s definitely a tragedy not only for the city but for our entire nation,” Mina told reporters. “We believe this is a tragedy that could happen anywhere in the United States of America, and what we need to do is continue to be vigilant.”

Pulse, which was crowded for a Latin music night, describes itself on its website as more than “just another gay club.” One of the founders and owners, Barbara Poma, opened it more than a decade ago in an effort to keep alive the spirit of her brother, who died after battling HIV.

The choice of target was especially heart-wrenching for members of the U.S. lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, LGBT advocacy group Equality Florida said in a statement.

“Gay clubs hold a significant place in LGBTQ history. They were often the only safe gathering place and this horrific act strikes directly at our sense of safety,” the group said. “We will await the details in tears of sadness and anger.”

Orlando has a population of 270,930 and is the home of the famed Disney World amusement park and many other tourist attractions that attracted 62 million visitors in 2014.

It was the second deadly shooting at an Orlando night spot in as many nights. Late Friday, a man thought to be a deranged fan fatally shot singer Christina Grimmie, a former contestant on “The Voice”, as she was signing autographs after a concert.

(Additional reporting by Letitia Stein in Tampa, Colleen Jenkins in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Chris Michaud in New York and Mary Milliken in Los Angeles; Writing by Frank McGurty, Scott Malone and Dan Wallis; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Mary Milliken)

BY BARBARA LISTON, REUTERS

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30 Comments

30 Comments

  • Avalon Adam says:

    Although tragic, the worst shootings in US history could either be Columbine or Waco branch Davidian Cult. Waco because it was planned and perpetrated by the US government and Columbine because so many kids were involved. This comes about third.

  • Pater says:

    I guess U.S. Gov’t. led mass shootings such as Wounded Knee don’t count either.

  • Rich says:

    The worst mass shooting was in 1890

  • CELESTI ARCANA says:

    WE THE PEOPLE MUST MONITOR THE MOSQUES MORE CLOSLEY THESE PEOPLE WANT TO DESTROY OUR CULTURE STAND TALL AMERICA BE ONE

  • Name says:

    Did you forget about mass slaughters of Native Americans?

  • Wes says:

    Read the history of Wounded Knee.

  • Bob says:

    We can’t overlook the mass shooting of women and children at wounded knee in 1890 when up to 300 were killed. Just saying.

  • Mike says:

    Waco, Wounded Knee, Sand Creek, Ludlow. This is nothing compared to government sponsored massacres.

  • Bryan says:

    This is only the worst “to date” there will be more and the body count will continue to rise with each new attack.

  • Everett says:

    I’m proud ex. Special Forces American, and outdoors gun and bow man. But I’m sure there were countless days and moments since the beginning of this great country, leading up to civil rights moment in the 1960’s. Where 50+……maybe even a 100+ human beings were murdered in the wink of an eye. Good examples are just defenseless babies and women of Native American tribes, and Black Americans. Both were in the name of god and country, and selfish gains, control and greed. I love America, but it has a really but his-tory of amnesia. So we have a really bad habit of repeating and rewriting the same ole song(story). You guys are awesome, and so proud of the work you’ll do. Don’t hate me for expressing my feelings on such a sad topic. Now again I weep.

  • Danny McMurphy says:

    The worst massacre would be the savage murder by Americans of the Native Americans at Wounded Knee.

  • ronald smiley says:

    wounded knee its in the history books

  • William Adams says:

    Wounded knee

  • Troy Helmandollar says:

    Little Bighorn was the worst mass shooting in U.S. History

  • lou says:

    what about the Civil War or killing of Indians?

  • Russell Lee says:

    The Mormon church massacred over 100 emigrants from Arkansas passing through Utah in 1857 at the Mountain Meadows Massacre. The emigrants survived 5 days because they were armed. Then the Mormons disarmed them under a false flag of truce and escorted them to a predetermined place of execution. Limited justice was served about 20 years later. Google “Mountain Meadows Massacre” for the sickening details.
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  • wm moody says:

    Everybody forgets Wounded Knee.

  • Russell Lee says:

    Mountain Meadows Massacre by Mormons against over 100 Arkansas emigrants passing through Utah in 1857 was worse.

  • Chris says:

    WRONG – Wounded Knee beats this by a mile !!!!!

  • robert frazier says:

    read history. wounded knee,blacks hung for voting,ect. our history is full of large scale murder for political reasons. this article is the media hacking up the truth. as usual.

  • Don Stanley says:

    Worst incident was the us government killing of 230 native American women and children

  • Stefano Palazzo says:

    Being that you worded it by saying “Worst SHOOTING incident” I can’t think of another shooting that killed more then this one did.

  • jerry crabtree says:

    Wounded knee massacre was the worst in U.S. History

  • Rick says:

    Wounded Knee

  • James Grogan says:

    I don’t think so, it was at Wounded Knee 297 dead men, women and children!!!

  • herb says:

    It is all over the alternative news reasoned videos and statements that this is another FALSE FLAG like Sandy Hook. At Sand Hook no one died

  • Name says:

    Worst was Wounded Knee

  • Robin Hallford says:

    In 1890 at Wounded Knee, the Cavalry killed over 150 men women and children in cold blood !

  • Razz Berry says:

    First of all, Wounded Knee, second, Little Big Horn, third, this was a manipulated false flag. He was hired by DHS because he worked for G4S security. We aren’t idiots!

  • richard cartwright says:

    The massacre of over 200 Sioux and Lakota Indians by the U.S. 7th Cavalry at Wounded Knee on Dec. 29, 1890 surpasses any other mass murder on American soil to date

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