An assailant broke into a gay club in Orlando, Florida, United States, before opening fire at random with an assault rifle. The gunman, entrenched for long hours inside the establishment, was then killed by the police. Update on what we know.
Horror, a party night. A shooting left 50 dead and 53 wounded overnight from Saturday to Sunday at an Orlando gay nightclub, the “Pulse”, in the USA.
The assailant, an Afghan American killed during police intervention, has been identified as Omar Mateen, born in 1986.
Update on the situation:
It’s almost 2 am and the party is in full swing at “Pulse Orlando”, a hotspot for the LGBT community in this Florida city. Suddenly, a man enters the nightclub, armed with an assault rifle and pistol, and starts shooting randomly into the crowd.
- A policeman on duty, not far from there, intervenes almost directly. The attacker then decides to take refuge. “It turned into hostage-taking,” said local police chief John Mina. For nearly 3 hours, the situation will remain frozen in this way. Swat forces then decide to go into action, and detonate an explosive charge
“Around 5 am (11 am in Paris) this morning, the decision was taken to rescue the hostages who were inside,” he added. About thirty people were then saved, and the shooter was killed.
Throughout the day, the toll has unfortunately continued to grow. According to the latest, drawn up by the mayor of Orlando Buddy Dyer, the attack that night claimed the lives of 50 people, and made at least 53 people.
- It is therefore the worst shooting that the United States has ever known, even though it is accustomed to gun violence. Indeed, these are almost daily in this country. Since the start of the year, there have already been more than 5,800 gun deaths in the country and more than 23,000 incidents involving firearms according to the site. Gunviolencearchive.org.
What do we know about the shooter?
About ten hours after the shooting, the FBI, which is investigating for “terrorism”, identified the shooter, killed by the police, under the name of Omar Seddique Mateen. He is an American citizen of Afghan origin, born in 1986, in the same state of Florida.
- The federal police strongly suspect the 29-year-old Afghan American of having pledged “allegiance” to Daesh in a call made to the 911 emergency services moments before his terrible crime.
The FBI also revealed having questioned the young man several times in recent years for his alleged Islamist “sympathies” but which the investigation had never followed up.
Still, according to a press agency linked to the jihadists, it is indeed a “Daesh fighter” who is the author of this massacre in a gay club in Orlando, the Pulse, an emblematic establishment of the homosexual cause in Florida.
If we believe the television channels, Omar Mateen did not have a criminal record.
Islamist terrorism? Homophobic act?
Special Agent Ron Harper of the FBI quickly announced that an “act of terrorism” investigation had been opened directly. If the Islamist hypothesis is taken very seriously for the investigators, another voice was heard: that of the father of the killer.
- According to the latter, contacted by the local channel NBC, the worst shooting in the history of the United States, would have “nothing to do with religion”, he said.
“It has nothing to do with religion,” said Mir Seddique, father of Omar Seddique Mateen, explaining to NBC that his son was infuriated some time ago when he saw two men kissing in front of each other. his wife and son.
“We didn’t know about anything. We are shocked like the whole country,” added the father, after apologizing on behalf of his family.