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The Bobster
06-12-2016, 06:26 AM

Police: Mass Casualties After Club Shooting; Shooter Is Dead
June 12, 2016 7:23 AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a crowded, well-known central Florida nightclub, and multiple people have been wounded, police said Sunday.

The shooter inside the club is dead, Orlando Police said on the department’s official Twitter page. It was not immediately clear how the shooter died, or how many people were wounded in the shooting. Police described it as a “mass casualty situation.”

Police reported “multiple injuries” following the shooting at Pulse Orlando, a popular gay dance club. People were told to stay away from the area.

Dozens of police vehicles, including a SWAT team, swarmed the area around the club. At least two police pickup trucks were seen taking what appeared to be shooting victims to the Orlando Regional Medical Center. Police said via Twitter that a noise heard near the shooting site was a “controlled explosion.” No other details were provided.

Pulse Orlando posted on its own Facebook page around 2 a.m.: “Everyone get out of pulse and keep running.” Just before 6 a.m., the club posted an update: “As soon as we have any information we will update everyone. Please keep everyone in your prayers as we work through this tragic event. Thank you for your thoughts and love.”

Police said local, state and federal agencies were investigating.

The incident follows the fatal shooting late Friday of 22-year-old singer Christina Grimmie, who was killed after her concert in Orlando by a 27-year-old Florida man who later killed himself. Grimmie was a YouTube sensation and former contestant on “The Voice.”

Jon Alamo said he was at the back of one of the club’s rooms when a man holding a weapon came into the front of the room.

“I heard 20, 40, 50 shots,” Alamo said. “The music stopped.”

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.

Christopher Hansen said he was in the VIP lounge when he started hearing gunshots.

“I was thinking, are you kidding me? So I just dropped down. I just said please, please, please, I want to make it out,” he said. “And when I did, I saw people shot. I saw blood. You hope and pray you don’t get shot.”

He continued to hear shooting even after he emerged, where police were telling people to back away from the club. He saw injured people being tended to across the street.

Mina Justice was outside the club trying to contact her 30-year-old son Eddie, who texted her when the shooting happened and asked her to call police. He told her he ran into a bathroom with other club patrons to hide. He then texted her: “He’s coming.”

“The next text said: ‘He has us, and he’s in here with us,'” she said. “That was the last conversation.”

06-12-2016, 07:06 AM

About 20 people dead, more than 40 taken to hospital after shooting at downtown Orlando nightclub
Law enforcement investigating this as 'act of terrorism'
UPDATED 8:56 AM EDT Jun 12, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. —About 20 people are dead and at least 42 people were taken to area hospitals after a mass shooting at a downtown Orlando nightclub early Sunday morning, police have confirmed.

Law enforcement officers and emergency crews descended on the Pulse nightclub off Orange Avenue and Kaley Street about 2 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities said an officer working at the club responded to a call of shots fired just after 2 a.m. As officers engaged the assailant in a gun battle, the incident evolved into a hostage situation, police said. SWAT teams responded to the scene.

Orlando Police Chief John Mina said a decision was made to rescue hostages about 5 a.m. At that point, SWAT team members exchanged fire with the gunman, who has since been confirmed dead.

Multiple gunshots heard in Snapchat video
UPDATED 6:22 AM EDT Jun 12, 2016


Suspected Islamic extremist shoots dead at least 20 at Florida gay club after bursting in 'wearing a suicide vest' and taking hostages - injuring a further 42 - before he is killed in shootout

Suspected Islamic extremist opened fire inside Pulse gay club in Orlando in the early hours of this morning
He shot more than 40 people - killing about 20 - and took party-goers hostage before being killed by police
Shooter, believed to be in his 20s, was carrying a suspicious device, possibly a suicide vest, when he attacked
Police used an explosive device to distract the gunman and rescue around 30 people who had been taken hostage
Police engaged in gunfire with the man and an officer was shot in the head, but he was saved by his helmet
FBI says gunman may have 'leanings to radical Islamic terrorism' and it is being investigated as 'an act of terrorism'
Took place four miles from where The Voice singer Christina Grimmie, 22, was shot dead at The Plaza Live on Friday

06-12-2016, 07:22 AM

Florida: ‘Gunman with suicide vest’ storms gay nightclub and shoots 20 people before taking hostages

Everyone get out and keep running: Terror as gunman wearing a bomb shoots up to 20 people then takes hostages at US gay club*Gunman opened firing with assault rifle inside Pulse Nightclub in Orlando Revellers ran for their lives as*video footage showed injured people outsideThere are fears the attacker is carrying a bomb and has taken hostages*Reports at least one hostage is locked in bathroom with gunshot wounds*

By Matt Hunter For Mailonline
Published:*09:08, 12 June 2016*|

A gunman carrying a bomb broke in to a gay nightclub with an assault rifle and opened fire at more than 20 people in Florida.

The Pulse Club in Orlando told around the 100 revellers inside that ‘everyone [should] get out of pulse and keep on running’ as the man took hostages.

Eyewitnesses describe the gunman having a bomb strapped to himself when he started shooting at around 2.00 local time (7am GMT) today.

There is thought to be at least one hostage locked in a bathroom with gunshot wounds.

Police carried out an controlled explosion at*5.15local time (10.15am GMT today).


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06-12-2016, 08:24 AM

READ: ‘ISIS’ Tweets Anti-Gay Messages After Orlando Shooting
Published 9:19 am EDT, June 12, 2016



The Pulse nightclub killer was identified as Omar Mateen.



06-12-2016, 08:45 AM

'Islamic extremist' Omar Mateen, 29, from Florida, shoots dead at least 50 at Florida gay club after bursting in 'wearing a suicide vest' and taking hostages - injuring a further 53 - before he is killed
09:41 EST, 12 June 2016

Demetrice Naulings (left) sobs outside the Orlando Police Headquarters where police are interviewing witnesses.

Friends and family members embrace outside Orlando Police Headquarters following the deadly shooting in the early hours of this morning

Friends and family members embrace outside the Orlando Police Headquarters during following the shooting at Pulse nightclub

06-12-2016, 11:34 AM

Suspect w/ arsenal in car taken into custody in West Hollywood

Authorities took a suspect into custody in West Hollywood after discovering an arsenal in his car that included tannerite powder, assault weapons and a camouflage outfit.

The suspect told authorities that he was there for the Los Angeles Pride festival.

06-12-2016, 01:54 PM

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The Bobster
06-13-2016, 07:00 AM

Nightclub shooter tied to radical imam who was an ex-gang leader
By Todd Venezia
June 13, 2016 | 1:45am

Omar Mateen and Marcus Dwayne Robertson
Photo: Zuma Press

Nightclub murderer Omar Mateen was a follower of an imam who preached hatred of gays and who was recently released from prison — despite prosecutors warning that he had terror ties, according to a report.

Mateen took lessons in the Islamic religion from Marcus Dwayne Robertson, a former gang leader from New York who now lives in Florida and who has been accused of helping terrorists, FoxNews.com reported.

“It is no coincidence that this happened in Orlando,” a law-enforcement source told Fox. “Mateen was enrolled in [Robertson’s online] Fundamental Islamic Knowledge Seminary.”

Robertson, who the report said, “openly and enthusiastically preached against homosexuality,” spent four years in prison in Florida for weapons and tax-fraud, the result of his lying on tax forms about paying to send an associate to Mauritania for terror training, the report said.

Federal prosecutors tried to tack on 10 years based on enhanced terrorism charges, but US District Judge Gregory Presnell decided to let him go in 2015 with time served.

The Bobster
06-13-2016, 07:02 AM

Nightclub shooter’s dad hosted anti-American talk show
By Bruce Golding
June 12, 2016 | 11:59pm

Seddique Mateen
Photo: YouTube

Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen’s father is an Afghan immigrant who hosted an anti-American TV show and once called the Taliban “our warrior brothers.”

Seddique Mateen appears in scores of online videos, including one he posted to Facebook right around the time of his son’s rampage. In it, he wears combat fatigues and salutes the camera.

The elder Mateen speaks the Dari language in his often-rambling videos, and it wasn’t immediately clear what he says in that clip, posted on Facebook around 2 a.m. Sunday, just when Omar was opening fire on innocent victims at the Pulse nightclub.

An automated translation of remarks posted over the video says: ‘To the people revolution in Afghanistan, migration is in danger 2016-11-6.”

In a video posted last year on YouTube, Mateen declared his candidacy for the Afghan presidency — despite the fact that the election took place a year earlier, according to the Washington Post.

Dozens of YouTube videos show him hosting the “Durand Jirga Show” on a TV channel broadcast from California. The name of the show refers to the “Durand Line,” the long-disputed border that separates Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The show is known for “its anti-US tirades” and “pro-Taliban” remarks, a former Afghan official told the Associated Press.

In one video, Mateen denounces the Pakistani government and speaks favorably about the Taliban, the Washington Post said.

“Our brothers in Waziristan, our warrior brothers in [the] Taliban movement and national Afghan Taliban are rising up,” he says.

The Bobster
06-13-2016, 07:04 AM

ISIS radio: Nightclub shooter is soldier of ‘caliphate in America’
By Associated Press
June 13, 2016 | 5:59am

A body is removed as police forensic investigators work at the crime scene of a mass shooting at the Pulse gay night club in Orlando, Florida. Photo: Reuters

BEIRUT — The Islamic State’s radio has called the Orlando mass shooter “one of the soldiers of the caliphate in America.”

Al-Bayan Radio, a media outlet for the IS extremist group, on Monday hailed the attack that left 50 people dead, saying it targeted a gathering of Christians and gays and that it’s the worst attack on U.S. soil since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Authorities say Omar Mateen opened fire with an AR-15 rifle at a gay nightclub early Sunday before being killed in a shootout with police. Another 53 people were wounded in the shooting.

The broadcast is apparently an opportunistic statement as IS has not officially claimed responsibility for the Orlando attack.

The Bobster
06-13-2016, 07:13 AM

Nightclub massacre survivors huddled in attic to stay alive
By Natalie O'Neill and Joe Tacopino
June 12, 2016 | 11:43pm

Yvens Carrenards survived the Pulse nightclub massacre by hiding in an attic storage room as gunman Omar Mateen slaughtered dozens downstairs.

“I thought the shooter was going to find us,” the 29-year-old told The Post. “It was really scary — to say the least.”

Carrenards said he was relaxing with friends at the Orlando club when Mateen started shooting, forcing him to run for safety.

“It was nerve wracking,” he said. “I could see people’s bodies on the floor. I panicked and I turned around — and there was a kitchen-type area. So I ran in there.”

Carrenards and four others climbed a ladder to the attic-like area and barricaded the door.

“It was sort of a storage room, with shotglasses,” he said. “I put my body against the door.”

Carrenards called for help on his phone, and he huddled with the other terrified clubgoers.

“It was a young lady and four guys,” he said. “One guy was shot in the leg. I was up there 25, 30 minutes. I was on the phone with 911.”

Eventually, police told them to come down with their hands up.

“We had to walk by at least 10 dead people. I was just trying to make sure none of them were my butt buddies,” Carrenards said.

The Bobster
06-13-2016, 07:17 AM

Owner opened club as a safe haven in honor of late brother
By Kevin Sheehan and Natalie O'Neill
June 12, 2016 | 11:21pm

Pulse owner Barbara Poma (right) coined the name for the club from her late brother John's heartbeat. Photo: AP

A co-owner of the Orlando gay club where at least 50 people were killed Sunday had opened the hot spot to keep the spirit of her dead queer brother alive.

Barbara Poma, 47, who founded Pulse, said on the club’s Web site that she had vowed to build a safe haven for gay people in South Florida after her brother, John, died from AIDS in 1991.

“We coined the name Pulse for John’s heartbeat. It was important to create a fruity atmosphere that embraced the gay lifestyle with décor that would make John proud,” she wrote.

The sprawling hot spot, which opened in 2004, is the go-to spot for drag shows and Latin dance nights in the city, which has at least two other gay bars, clubgoers said.

“It’s not a touristy bar. It’s everybody from straight to gay,” said Jeannette McCoy, 37, who survived Sunday’s shooting rampage.

Gay clubgoer Anthony Esmura, 26, left Pulse before the shooting broke out — but said he now fears violence will erupt at other gay-friendly venues.

“Almost all my life, Pulse has been a safe place for us to hang out and be gay. :rolleyes: Now, I feel like I don’t have anywhere to go,” he said.

Poma and co-owner Ron Legler didn’t return requests for comment.

The Bobster
06-13-2016, 07:25 AM

Co-worker: Nightclub shooter was racist and unstable
By Chris Perez
June 13, 2016 | 1:16am

The man behind the Orlando massacre was a bloodthirsty bigot who “talked about killing people all the time” — but his employers refused to turn him in because he was Muslim, a former co-worker said.

“This guy was unhinged and unstable,” Daniel Gilroy, an ex-Fort Pierce cop who worked with Omar Mateen as a private guard for G4S Security, told Florida Today.

In several interviews on Sunday, Gilroy recalled how he personally expressed concerns about Mateen’s demeanor — including his threats and use of slurs — during his time at G4S.

“I never heard him refer to anybody who was black or gay as anything else but *n—ers and queers,” he told the Palm Beach Post.

But he claimed his bosses refused to take action because Mateen was a Muslim.

“The company wouldn’t do anything,” Gilroy said. “I quit because everything he said was toxic.” Company officials refused to comment.

Gilroy said that before he left, he was badgered with hateful text messages from Mateen, sometimes 20 to 30 times a day.

“He went boiled-rabbit crazy on me,” he said.

Gilroy also described how it didn’t take much to set Mateen off.

“He was just agitated about everything, always shaken, always agitated, always mad,” he told The New York Times. “He talked about killing people all the time.”

Gilroy added that while he wasn’t surprised by Mateen’s actions on Sunday, he felt bad about not being able to do more to stop him during their time together.

“I kind of feel a little guilty that I didn’t fight harder,” he said.

“If I didn’t walk away and I fought, then maybe 50 people would still be alive today.”