June 12, am Updated June 12, pm. Omar Mateen, 29, called and pledged his allegiance to ISIS and mentioned the Boston Marathon bombings early on in his bloodbath, according to reports. An off-duty cop working as a security guard at the club returned fire, prompting Mateen to retreat further into the hotspot and take hostages, officials said. Mateen barricaded himself in a room with about five to eight hostages, said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. The madman held cops at bay for about three hours, until authorities used an armored vehicle to burst through the wall of another room that held about 15 to 25 people, Dyer said.
50 Dead in Orlando Gay Bar Shooting
Omar Mateen - Wikipedia
The attacker, identified by law enforcement officials as Omar Mateen , a year-old who was born in New York, turned what had been a celebratory night of dancing to salsa and merengue music at the crowded Pulse nightclub into a panicked scene of unimaginable slaughter, the floors slicked with blood, the dead and the injured piled atop one another. Terrified people poured onto the darkened streets of the surrounding neighborhood, some carried wounded victims to safety, and police vehicles were pressed into service as makeshift ambulances to rush people to hospitals. The shooting began around 2 a. Some people who were trapped inside hid where they could, calling or posting messages to social media, pleading for help. Hundreds of people gathered in the glare of flashing red lights on the fringes of the law enforcement cordon around the nightclub, and later at area hospitals, hoping desperately for some word on the fates of their relatives and friends. More than 12 hours after the attack, anguished relatives paced between Orlando Regional Medical Center and a nearby hotel as they waited for word. They were told that so many were gunned down that victims would be tagged as anonymous until the hospital was able to identify them.
Orlando Nightclub Shooting: Mass Casualties After Gunman Opens Fire in Gay Club
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said at a press conference Sunday that a state of emergency has been declared after what authorities have indicated may have been a "lone wolf" style terror attack. Sources have confirmed to CBS News that authorities are investigating whether the suspect, who has been named as Omar Mateen, had ties to Islamic terrorism. Mateen, of Port.
At least 50 people were killed and more than 50 others were wounded when a gunman opened fire and took hostages at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday morning. The shooter, identified by several law enforcement sources as Omar Mateen, 29, was killed in a shootout with law enforcement after a three-hour siege. The massacre — the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States — began when the gunman stormed the Pulse Nightclub about 2 a. The carnage ended about 5 a.