Omar Mateen called 911 and swore allegiance to the leader of Islamic State shortly before the massacre, according to law enforcement officials…
During the attack, Mateen referenced the brothers who carried out the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, a Massachusetts State Police spokesman said on Sunday.
Omar Mateen, the 29 year-old Muslim born in New York to Afghan parents pledged allegiance to ISIS and opened fire early Sunday morning in a packed Orlando gay nightclub, killing 50 people and wounding at least 53 more in a bloody scene that ended hours later when police stormed the building and killed the shooter. This is the worst mass shooting in recent US history and the worst terror attack in America since 9/11.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack Sunday afternoon via its Amaq news agency, Time reported.
In a press conference, an FBI spokesman says the agency first interviewed Omar Mateen in 2013 after he made “inflammatory remarks” to a colleague. The investigation was closed.
Rubio: “the new face of the war on terror.”
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said attackers like the shooter in the Orlando massacre are “the new face of the war on terror.”
“They have said openly that they intend to target us here, and one of the hardest parts of this war is the individual who carries out an attack by themselves in a soft target like this, basically, in Orlando, Florida,” Rubio said in a phone interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday.
“And it’s a reminder that the war on terror has evolved into something we’ve never had to confront before — individuals capable of conducting these sorts of massacres unexpectedly in places that you normally wouldn’t associate with the kinds of attacks that you see,” he said. MyFox8
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued the following statement on the horrific shooting in Orlando.
“I am devastated by this heartbreaking act of terrorism in Orlando. Jeanette and I join all Floridians and all Americans in grieving for those who lost their lives and praying for those who were injured in this senseless act of hatred, violence and terror.
“I want to thank the heroic police officers and first responders who prevented further loss of life, including the officer at the nightclub who first engaged the shooter. I would also like to encourage anyone living in Central Florida to donate blood to help the injured.
“As local, state and federal authorities investigate the perpetrator of this attack, my Senate office and I stand ready to assist – both by making sure the full weight of the federal government is used to hold anyone responsible for this incident to account, and also with any constituent service needs that arise for the impacted families.
“Confronting the threat of violent homegrown ?radicalization is one of the greatest counterterrorism challenges our law enforcement and intelligence community faces. ?We must do more at every level of government and within our own communities to identify and mitigate this cancer on our free society and prevent further loss of innocent life.”