The suspected Islamic terrorist, a US citizen of Afghan heritage, who killed at least 50 people and wounded 53 after taking 30 party-goers hostage inside a gay club in Orlando has been identified. Law enforcement sources have identified the shooter, who was wielding an assault rifle and a handgun, and possible explosive device, as a Muslim named Omar Saddiqui Mateen, from Port St. Lucie in Florida. Police are investigating the mass shooting as an act of Islamic terrorism.
His full name is Omar Mir Seddique Mateen – He is a registered Democrat.
CNN The shooter is not from the Orlando area, Mina said. He has been identified as Omar Saddiqui Mateen, 29, of Fort Pierce, about 120 miles southeast of Orlando, two law enforcement officials tell CNN. Orlando authorities said they consider the violence an act of domestic terror. The FBI is involved. While investigators are exploring all angles, they “have suggestions the individual has leanings towards (Islamic terrorism), but right now we can’t say definitely,” said Ron Hopper, assistant special agent in charge of the FBI’s Orlando bureau.
At least 50 people were killed inside Pulse, a gay nightclub, Orlando Police Chief John Mina and other officials said Sunday morning, just hours after a shooter opened fire in what appears to be the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. At least 53 more people were injured, he said. Police have shot and killed the gunman, Mina told reporters.
NBC News: Orlando gunman referenced the Tsarnaev brothers, the Boston bombers, during his rampage, law enforcement source tells @Tom_Winter
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 12, 2016
Oh, here we go, Orlando imam tries to feed us the usual Muslim crap sandwich. “Let’s not rush to judgement.” “Need more gun control.” “Nothing to do with Islam.”
UPDATE: Muslim shooter allegedly pledged loyalty to ISIS in a 911 call while in the nighclub
Washington Post A U.S. official said that Department of Homeland Security reports being circulated to government authorities are “referring to local law enforcement reports saying the shooter pledged loyalty to ISIS and was heard praying in another language in the nightclub.”
The official said it is “unclear” when this alleged pledge to the militant group, also known as the Islamic State and ISIL, was made. “It could have been as simple as a statement shouted at police during the three-hour standoff,” the official said.
Orlando shooting suspect’s father hosted a political TV show and even tried to run for the Afghan presidency https://t.co/UFVA2x0prf
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 12, 2016
UPDATE: Top jihadist from Gaza claims Orlando Muslim shooter was terror group member.
Breitbart by AARON KLEIN A top Islamic State-tied jihadist in the Gaza Strip claimed in an interview on Sunday that he “knows” that Omar Mateen, the Orlando club shooter, was a member of a terrorist organization.
Abu al-Ayna al-Ansari, a Salafist movement senior official in the Gaza Strip, claimed he was told that Mateen was a member of one of the groups that fall under the jihadiya Salafiya franchise, meaning the network of loosely-based Salafist jihadist groups such as the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, and the Al Nusra Front.
Ansari is a well-known Gaza Salafist jihadist allied with Islamic State ideology.
The following is a transcript of the relevant portion of the interview:
ANSARI: We are following of course the attack in the States and we are blessing this attack. And we are thanking this mujaheed, who carried out the attack. And we are praying and asking Allah to host him and to accept him in paradise as a shaheed (martyr).
We have from outside the Gaza Strip confirmation that the mujaheed who carried out the attack is a member of the jihadiya Salafiya. But whether he is a member of the Islamic State or another group this is not yet confirmed.
KLEIN: So you are saying that there is confirmation, to be clear, that he is a member of the jihadiya Salafiya, meaning of the jihadist Salafist franchise?
ANSARI: Yes, absolutely. We know that he belongs to the jihadiya Salafia. The hero, martyr, may Allah bless his soul. But to what organization in the jihadiya Salafiya we don’t know it yet.
UPDATE: ISIS Announced Florida Threat THREE Days Ago: “We Will Attack Florida”
Shoebat ISIS Muslim terrorists released a statement on their plan to attack Florida, and even put out a list with the names of people in Florida that they plan on killing. “We are coming after you. We will attack Florida and slaughter Americans there.
— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) June 12, 2016
ISIS targeted Florida in warning to FBI four days ago. https://t.co/CeGKxL5arK
— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) June 12, 2016
UPDATE: ISIS Cheers Orlando #Pulse Nightclub Massacre – Warns of More Attacks on Disbelievers
More threats from ISIS…..
The Twitter account @alnajafea59 includes several photos of gays being slaughtered by ISIS including a second post with the #Pulse hashtag.
h/t Gateway Pundit
UPDATE: On April 6, 2016, a Muslim speaker at an Orlando mosque said “Gays Must Die.”