Islamic State Media Claims Responsibility for Orlando Shooting
The shooter in Orlando called 911 around the time of the attack to tell them that he had pledged allegiance to ISIS. He also mentioned the Tsarnev brothers, the Boston bombers. ISIS media, the Amaq News Agency, claimed that an “Islamic State Fighter” committed the act.
Wake Up, America!
But the ISIS threat was made 3 days ago, when a “kill list” of 8,000 civilians was released. Six hundred (600) of them were from Florida. Officials did not make the list public, so it is unknown who might have been on it.
Instead of running to your “safe spaces,” it’s time to pay attention.
— Nic Hornstein (@nichornstein) June 12, 2016
The search, the background
Police began searching Mateen’s home.
It was learned that he had an ex-wife whom he abused, and a 3 year old child from an unknown mother.
— WPTV (@WPTV) June 12, 2016
The FBI did not find a second shooter, and the death count remained at 50 as of Sunday afternoon.
Previously interviewed by the FBI
The FBI later confirmed during a press conference that Mateen was interviewed by agents twice in 2013 after he made suspicious comments about radical Jihadism that were heard by coworkers. He was interviewed a third time, in 2014, based on his connection to Moner Mohammad Abu Salha, an American from Florida who trained in Syria, traveled back to his home state and tried to recruit other Americans, and then went back to Syria, where he blew himself up in a suicide bombing.
There were no open investigations and Mateen was not under surveillance at the time of the shooting, the FBI said.
CNN reports that Mateen was a known ISIS sympathizer.
The shooting happened during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time during ISIS has instructed its supporters to carry out terror attacks around the world, according to CNN.
Radical Islam in the family?
Mateen’s father, Mir Seddique, told authorities that his son was angered by two men kissing. Mateen is a radical Islamist, but it appears that so is his father.
Mir Seddique ran for President of Afghanistan and was a supporter of the Taliban. And he is in America. Why would that be, do you think?
“Our brothers in Waziristan, our warrior brothers in Taliban movement and national Afghan Taliban are rising up. Inshallah the Durand Line issue will be solved soon.” Mir Seddique
There is one picture that sums up the day. A police officer’s helmet with a bullet hole in it…the only thing that saved his life. Police rescued more than 30 hostages from the club.
Pulse shooting: In hail of gunfire in which suspect was killed, OPD officer was hit. Kevlar helmet saved his life. pic.twitter.com/MAb0jGi7r4
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) June 12, 2016